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The dangers of eating while driving

On Behalf of | Jun 9, 2016 | Car Accidents |

Distracted driving is a huge problem that causes countless injuries and thousands of deaths each year. While a lot of media attention is given to texting and the use of other technologies while behind the wheel, you may not be aware just how dangerous eating while driving can be. At Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson & Covelli, we understand that accidents can be devastating and that safety is important to you.

Like many of us in this day and age, you may be prone to multitasking. When your life is hectic and you are juggling jobs, family and other activities, it may seem like a good idea to have a meal or snack while you are in transit in the interest of saving time. However, doing so may be just as dangerous as other forms of distracted driving.

In fact, according to Decide to Drive, it appears that certain foods are more perilous to eat in the car than others. Some of the most dangerous foods for you to consume while driving include:

  • Tacos
  • Fried chicken
  • Doughnuts
  • Chocolate
  • Soup
  • Hamburgers

Also on the list are beverages such as coffee and soft drinks. If eating right away is a must, the safest thing to do is pull over. Otherwise you are better off waiting until you arrive at your destination to have your meal.

Your chances of being in an accident are 3.6 times greater if you are eating or drinking behind the wheel. This is due to the fact that consuming a meal makes you less focused on operating your vehicle, and requires you to take your eyes off of the road and your hands off the wheel. To learn more about accidents caused by being preoccupied on the road, please visit our webpage.