Almost half of motorists admitted they had been distracted by in-car gadgets such as CD players and sunroofs, sometimes leading to an accident, according to a new report.

A survey of 1,500 drivers by Privilege Insurance found that one in five had veered out of their lane while fiddling with an instrument panel.

One in four had been distracted while changing a CD or tape, one in ten while cleaning the windscreen or adjusting the heating and 14 per cent by adjusting the volume. Some drivers said manufacturers should limit gadget numbers.

Ian Parker, the managing director of Privilege Insurance, said: “The research findings highlight the extent of the problem of adding more, and increasingly complex, accessories to cars.”

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