A new survey has found that in a 30-minute journey, the majority of British drivers spend less than 15 minutes with both hands on the steering wheel.

According to the survey, by Carfinance247, men are the worst offenders with 64 per cent saying they use a double handed grip for less than 15 minutes and 25 per cent less than five minutes in a half hour journey.

In contrast, 56 per cent of women stated they spend under a quarter of an hour driving two-handed and 10 per cent less than five minutes.

Just six per cent all drivers surveyed said they use both hands to steer at all times, unless undertaking necessary manoeuvres such as changing gear or indicating.

Experts advise that drivers should grip the wheel on either side, feeding the wheel through the hands with a push-pull or pull-push motion (depending on which way the vehicle is turning) in order to keep optimum control of the car.

The study also showed that those driving one-handed are more likely to be partaking in a distracting activity – such as eating, attending to children, using a mobile phone, texting, drinking, using a sat-nav or even applying make-up or stroking a pet.

Amy Smith from Carfinance247 said: “The survey shows that British drivers are taking a hands off approach to making sure they’re fully in control of a vehicle and multi-tasking seems to be a major culprit. Driving one-handed for whatever reason can be dangerous and in some cases can lead to criminal charges, so we’d advise everyone to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.”

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