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Ever stick chewing gum under your seat? Rate your habits when commuting here

Dropping your gum out the window could earn you a €150 fine.

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WHEN YOU’RE STRESSING about getting somewhere on time, it’s easy for good habits that you would usually have to fall by the wayside.

So, here’s your chance to be honest about your habits when on the move – is your car often filled with coffee cups? Ever leave rubbish behind you on the bus? What about your snacking habits – ever drop wrappers on the ground at the bus stop or the petrol station?

While a lot of us may use chewing gum while commuting, not all of us are great about making sure it ends up in the bin. And most may not realise that dropping it carries a €150 fine. 

Use our interactive slider ratings to give us a picture of your habits when you’re moving from A to B. Getting around can be hungry work, so let’s talk eating habits first…


You’re out on a road trip and stop for a picnic. How likely are you to leave your rubbish behind, 10 being very likely?




Part of a wrapper falls out of your pocket just as the bus arrives. How likely are you to pick it up, 10 being very likely?




You’ve just finished a banana and there's no bin on the bus. How likely are you to throw the skin out the window or leave it behind, 10 being very likely?


Clocking up miles is also notoriously tiring, whether you’re driving or the bus driver is – sometimes little pick-me-ups like coffee and chewing gum are often needed for a small break. So tell us, what are your habits around staying refreshed on the road? 


You’ve a couple of pretty early mornings so you get a few coffees. How likely are you to leave the cups in your car, 10 being very likely?




You are finished with your chewing gum on the bus but you have nothing to wrap it in. Be honest, how likely are you to stick it underneath your seat, 10 being very likely?


If you spend a lot of your day cooped up in a car or cramped on the bus, the last thing you need is to put yourself at risk by using your phone while crossing the road or when pulled up at traffic lights. Be honest, how guilty are you of these bad habits?


You pull in to pick up a prescription and there’s no parking available. How likely are you to park on double yellow lines for a minute, 10 being very likely?




You’re trying to find out where someone is and you can see they’ve texted just as you're crossing the road. How likely are you to check your phone, 10 being very likely?


No matter how busy you are at work, you should always make time to bin your gum when you’re done. Did you know that by incorrectly disposing of gum, you’re not only littering, but breaking the law? So do the decent thing – bin your gum, and avoid a €150 fine. For more information, visit

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