Motorists who eat-and-drive risk more than just having egg on their faces, it has been revealed.
As many as 20% of motorists eat meals in their cars on journeys to and from work, leaving them liable to possible prosecution, a survey by The Co-Operative Motor Group found.
While it is not unlawful to eat in a car, motorists can be charged with careless driving or not being in proper control of their vehicle.
The poll of 2,000 motorists showed that around half eat on a long journey, more than 11% have tucked into food on their way back from supermarkets and just under 10% have eaten on the school run.
Drivers in the Midlands were most likely to be eating while commuting, while drivers in the East Midlands were most likely to consume on the school run, followed by London and Northern Ireland.
Eating groceries before getting them home was most prominent among north east England drivers, while pies and pasties were most popular among East Midlands drivers.
Motorists in north west England indulged in the most cake and the Welsh were the fondest of chocolate behind the wheel.
Overall, sandwiches and crisps were the most popular foods to eat while travelling, closely followed by chocolate. But 2% have eaten a curry whilst behind the wheel.
The Co-operative Motor Group managing director Tony Guest said: "The research serves to illustrate how lots of drivers are clearly not concentrating on the road ahead.
"We recognise that modern life leaves very little spare time, but it is vital to be focused when driving."