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Significant numbers of people that drive as part of their job are putting other road users at risk by texting, speeding and grooming at the wheel.

According to research conducted by Brake and Direct Line, more than three-quarters of drivers (76 per cent) endanger pedestrians and cyclists by speeding at more than 35 mph in built up areas.

One in six (17 per cent) admitted to grooming and unduly putting motorists in used cars at risk while at the wheel.

Deputy chief executive of Brake Julie Townsend said it is vital that employers ensure they have safe driving policies that their workers adhere to.

"We are also calling on anyone who drives for work to make a commitment to stay within speed limits, stay off the phone, and focused on the critical task at hand," she continued.

The Association of British Insurers' recent research showed that 55 per cent of newly-qualified drivers have their attention taken off the road by passengers.ADNFCR-2576-ID-801517995-ADNFCR

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