You are busy. You spend your days running from here to there. It can be tempting to try to combine as many activities as you can. Eating in your car is a temptation you should avoid. A study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that if you choose to dine while driving, you are increasing your chances of having an accident by 80 percent.
Let’s be honest for a moment. It isn’t the act of eating that is distracting. Anyone can steer a wheel with one hand and eat with the other. The danger comes while you are spending time fiddling with wrappers, inserting straws and eating dripping, messy foods.
According to the report, there are some foods that are simply more dangerous in the car than others. If you refuse to stop eating in the car, at least stop eating these five foods.
Chances are high that you pour your second or third cup of coffee into your travel mug and head out the door. It is the number one food-stuff that contributes to accidents while driving. True, it is the most common food taken in the car, but it is also one of the hottest and one of the easiest to spill in your lap.
It is hard to believe that people actually try to eat soup in the car. Let’s assume that it is drinkable soup in mugs or cups and not soup that requires a spoon. No matter. Like coffee, soup is easy to spill and can give you a heck of a burn if it lands in your lap.
Do you have a Taco Bell or other fast-food place along your route? Avoid it. Eating a taco in the car may be quick, but it is messy. Beef, lettuce, falling cheese, and dripping sauce are all distractions to the task at hand.