A British survey has found that a large number of motorists admit to doing all sorts of other things while driving, from sending sms messages to reading to feeding a baby.

A British survey has found that a large number of motorists admit to doing all sorts of other things while driving, from sending sms messages to reading to feeding a baby.

The calming sound of bells

Japanese police cars will no longer use wailing sirens for fear of upsetting agitated criminals - instead they will play the sound of church bells.

Japanese news agency reported that music therapist recommended the chiming bells. They advised that the slow rhythm would not upset residents and put criminals at ease.

A computer generates the sounds for the police cars. The agency said the system was successfully tested in the province of Toyama.

Distractions or multi-tasking?

A British survey has found that a large number of motorists admit to doing all sorts of other things while driving, including sending sms messages and reading.

The poll was conducted by insurance firm Zurich and involved 675 motorists. They found that one in 10 sent text messages and one in five read or even wrote while driving. Others changed clothes, put on make-up and sometimes fed children. Many admitted to having a number of near misses.

"Most people have very hectic lives today, but however good your driving is, multi-tasking while at the wheel puts yourself, your passengers, other motorists and your car at risk.

"You're more likely to have an accident if you're not paying attention and even small bumps can be expensive to repair. We urge car drivers to pull over before they carry out tasks in the car. Safety should always be the priority," said Zurich spokesman Kathryn Pugh.

Bubbles and drinks in the car

A British student has made his R2 000 Mini Cooper a little more comfortable with the addition of a whirlpool bath.

The Mini change is part of a college design project. Matt Worden removed the interior and added a pond liner for the whirlpool.

Worden also put a fridge in the boot and instead of an engine there is a barbeque. The car also has a 200W sound system. "You can have the bubbles on different modes - and get yourself a drink," said Worden.

He has been offered about R25 000 for the “car”.

Original article from Car