When most people envision a “distracted driver,” it is likely a teenager who is trying to respond to a text while driving. However, there are multiple ways to take your eyes (and your mind) off the road. While most people are aware of how dangerous drinking alcohol and driving can be, very few focus on the real danger that consuming food while driving causes.
Consuming food while driving is one of the most common forms of distracted driving, and it is very dangerous. According to Decide to Drive, drivers who consume food while driving are over 3.5 times more likely to get involved in a car crash as compared to those who do not eat.
What are the most common foods drivers consume?
It may surprise you to know that some foods are more dangerous to eat than others while driving. The most dangerous foods to consume while operating a car include tacos, soups, coffee, chili, fried chicken, barbecued food, powdered donuts, soft drinks and chocolate.
Of course, just because your favorite snack is not on this list does not mean it is not dangerous to consume. Attempting to consume a Thanksgiving dinner while driving would be extremely dangerous, too.
How can I stop eating in the car?
The best way to prevent eating in the car is to plan your food consumption. Wake up a little earlier in the morning so that you have time to eat breakfast at home, rather than behind the wheel.
For long car trips, try packing a picnic lunch and eating at rest stops. Not only will this prevent you from consuming food while driving, but it is also cheaper and healthier than drive-thru fast food.