M6 drivers given warning after McDonald's fan caught guzzling while driving

M6 drivers have been warned against taking risks on the motorway after a string of shocking examples of not paying attention on the M6. National Highways officers working in the West Mildands have caught out a long line of poor drivers.

Among them were a woman doing her makeup and a man steering his van with his knees while munching on fast food. The shocking footage was released by National Highways, taken by Warwickshire Police from their unmarked lorry cab's vantage point.

Matt Staton, head of national road user safety delivery at National Highways, said it showed people should not be taking risks on the M6. He said: "We know that the shocking examples identified by police in our unmarked cabs are carried out by a small minority and, thankfully, that most of the drivers on our roads are part of the law-abiding majority.

Read more: Esso statement over 'contaminated fuel'

"However, those who continue to take risks such as using their mobile phone at the wheel or other things that mean that their hands are off the wheel are putting themselves and others in danger.

In anticipation of a "week of action" starting June 3 aimed at clamping down on dangerous driving on the M6, which stretches from the Midlands to the Scottish border, these incidents have come to light.

Captured during the morning rush on the M40, one woman was so engrossed in applying her makeup that she failed to notice her car drifting between lanes, even when the HGV cab sounded its horn at her.

Meanwhile, a van driver was caught on film indulging in a McDonald's feast, steering with no hands on the wheel as he enjoyed his fries with one hand and sipped his drink with the other, before brazenly overtaking a lorry near Corley Services on the M6 in Coventry.

Another alarming scene shows a woman on the M40 scrolling through messages on her phone while driving, at times taking both hands off the wheel, and even using a laptop.

These are just a few of the 63 offences spotted in the latest sweep of National Highways' Operation Tramline campaign.