Is Eating While Driving Dangerous? Do You Eat And Drive? [Polls]
Cell phones get a lot of attention for distracting drivers, but cell phones are only the beginning of a long list of distractions.
Eating in the car is a common distraction, but is it dangerous?
Do you eat while driving?
To lump all eating into one category isn't quite fair.
Eating a few french fries doesn't bring the same level of distraction as other more messy foods might, but any food can still be a distraction.
Is eating and driving dangerous?
One study says "yes".
According to a study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), 80% of crashes and 65% of near-crashes involve some form of driver distraction.
According to the NHTSA and VTTI study, the principal actions that cause distracted driving and lead to vehicle crashes are:
- cell phone use.
- reaching for a moving object inside the vehicle.
- looking at an object or event outside of the vehicle.
- applying makeup.
Nydailynews.com reports on which foods are the most distracting, according to the study:
Coffee is the worst, bringing new meaning to the adage "don't drink and drive."
The study puts the other culprits in this order: soup, tacos, chili dogs, hamburgers, ribs and wings, fried chicken, jelly doughnuts, soda and chocolate.
Some of these foods seem like they would be VERY distracting.
Soup. Ribs. Wings. Chili dogs!
I don't see how eating any of those items while driving could be even remotely close to safe.