Distracted drivers set for £200 insurance hike

Being distracted behind the wheel is a common occurrence for most drivers, whether it’s wailing kids, a difficult-to-open sandwich wrapper or the latest fatuous comment by Chris Moyles.

But now multitasking poses not only a safety risk, but it can lead to a hike in insurance premiums too.

A study by comparison website Moneysupermarket.com found that motorists convicted of driving without due diligence could face not only a £60 fine and three points of their licences, but their insurance premiums could also rise by over £200 – that’s 27 percent!

Peter Harrison, car insurance expert at moneysupermarket.com, said: ‘The UK's roads are becoming busier every year so taking your eyes off the road, even for a second to make a phone call or eat a quick snack, could lead to severe, or even fatal, consequences. More worryingly, as our research shows, some motorists are not only being unnecessarily distracted but are even failing to take basic safety precautions when driving such as wearing a seatbelt.’

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