According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the odds of an accident increased by 80% if the driver was eating while driving!
Another study by the same association proved that eating and drinking while driving was a cause of 65% of the 'near-miss' accidents. If numbers and statistics are to be believed, then eating while driving is far more dangerous than texting while driving!
If these figures are still not persuasive enough to prevent you from being a distracted driver, read how these delicious, mouth-watering, glazed, and can't-keep-your-hands-off innocent foods can pose a threat to your car, your life, and the lives of others on the road as well. As surprising as it may sound, coffee tops this list. Read on, to find out why.
Ten Foods You Should Never Eat While Driving
Think about it―potholes on the road, sharp curves, u-turns, maddening traffic―it is just not possible to drive your car around all these obstacles with one hand on the wheel and the other holding your coffee, without soiling your outfit or your car interiors.
Unless you want burns and boils on your body, hot and sticky vegetables and garnish over your crisp office outfit, and a stinky day at work!
You just decide to pick one up, and race along to start driving and eat while on the go. It's hard enough to manage these open-faced yummy sandwiches with both your hands. So, how do you plan to do eat, drive, steer, concentrate on the traffic, mayo, vegetables, and sauces, all at the same time?
Sure, they are yummy, but why can't you just spare five minutes and enjoy it at the dining table, or at the food-joint you bought it from, instead of at the wheel?
Burgers are meant to be eaten with both hands, and that's how they should be eaten and enjoyed. Surely, not with more than half your attention directed towards traffic lights and the traffic cop on the road.
Unless you are okay with your lap being sloshed with sauce drips, your steering wheel getting all greasy, and your car seats getting oil-stained, it is strongly advised to eat these foods where they should be eaten―at the barbecue.
The distraction of driver increases significantly when he/she indulges in this sweet craving, and it is justified too. Avoid distraction on road, and enjoy your donuts peacefully, no matter how late you are running. Donuts are allowed a certain partiality.
Applying sudden brakes to avoid a slashed bumper and broken headlights, not revving up in time at the green light, giving in to that sneaky pothole anybody could easily miss if they blinked twice, could lead to the drink spilling all over your clothes and create a groggy mess. Drinking with a straw could reduce the risk, but it would still be there.
Picking out vegetables from under the seats while cleaning your car is still easier, but it is a real task to get rid of the chocolate stains that magically merge with your car's beige-brown interiors, and the tiniest ice cream cone particles stuck in seat corners that refuse to give in, even to the strongest of vacuum cleaners.
Not to mention, you would need an extra pair of eyes too, one to concentrate on the road ahead and the other to look into your cereal bowl. Even if somehow you are blessed with these extraordinary features, just think what would happen if you drive over a pothole whilst driving at top speed.
Easiest finger food there ever was, it should still be avoided while driving, to stay away from distractions and ultimately, road mishaps.
Eating while driving is not an illegal activity, but it sure is a dangerous practice. Being distracted by fussing over food could lead to reckless driving which could cause mishaps on the road.