Is eating while driving really that dangerous?

On Behalf of | Jun 8, 2021 | Car Accidents, Personal Injury

For good reason, if you asked the average American to describe a variety of distracted driving, it is highly likely that they would say a driver using a cell phone. While technology is a very common means of driving distracted, it is by far not the only culprit.

Millions of Americans each day eat behind the wheel. Many believe that it is harmless, but this is not true. According to Decide to Drive, eating while operating a car increases your likelihood of crash or near crash by over two times.

What foods are the most dangerous?

There are some foods and beverages that appear more often at crash sites than others. Some common foods include donuts, fried chicken, chocolate, soft drinks, chili, tacos, soups and coffee.

However, keep in mind that correlation is not causation. These particular foods are not necessarily more dangerous than others; rather, they are mostly finger foods that you can commonly find at fast food outlets. Eating a turkey drumstick while driving is not a safer option than a coffee.

How can I stop eating while driving?

Many Americans eat behind the wheel due to a lack of time. It may be beneficial for you to set your alarm clock 10 minutes earlier in the morning if you typically eat your breakfast while driving to work.

If you are on a road trip, consider packing your own meals. You can pull off at a rest stop to eat them. Not only will this prevent you from eating while driving, but it is also likely that your food will be healthier and cheaper than what you would get at a drive-through.

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