Because driving seems like such an everyday activity, people often under-estimate how dangerous it can be. Too often people think they can drive while doing something else like eating or texting or making a phone call.
Eating and Driving is Distracted Driving
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This is called “distracted driving,” and one set of statistics after another shows just how dangerous it can be.
Eating while driving is one of the more common multi-tasking activities that drivers indulge in. It is tempting when you're running late to think you can combine your travel time with the time needed for a quick bit to eat. You think you're saving time you don't have by taking care of two things at once.
But driving requires both handling your vehicle and being aware of what's going on around you while you do so. Anything that occupies part of your concentration while driving is taking your thinking away from your driving environment, so that you can find yourself in a dangerous situation without ever seeing it coming.
And eating is also a physical distaction. You may think that one hand on the steering wheel is enough, so that you can use that other hand to hold your taco. But what happens when you need to signal a turn or a lane change?
The Most Dangerous Foods for Drivers
In terms of both physical and mental distraction, all foods are not created equal.
Insurance.com published a list of the 10 Most Dangerous Foods to Eat while Driving.
Before you check out the list in the video clip below, try to guess what made the Top 10.
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For more information on what made the list and what makes it dangerous, see this write-up from insure.com
Warning people about the dangers of driving while distracted — by food or anything else — is a big part of what we talk about in our driving safety classes.
If someone you know habitually drives while eating or texting or any other distracted habit, maybe a Comedy Guys driving safety class is just the thing they need to make them better understand how dangerous it is.
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