By far, one of the most common forms of distracted driving is eating behind the wheel. Eating behind the wheel is insidious because it is so common and many Americans believe that it is not dangerous at all.
The reality is that this is far from the truth. According to Decide to Drive, eating or drinking from a container while operating a moving vehicle increases your likelihood of being involved in a crash or a near-crash by almost half.
What foods are most commonly involved with crashes?
There are some foods that appear more often at crashes than others. However, keep in mind that many of these foods are easy to get from roadside cafes or convenience stores. The mere appearance of these foods at crash sites does not necessarily make them more dangerous as compared to eating a full Thanksgiving meal while driving.
Foods and beverages commonly involved in crashes include coffee, sodas, hamburgers, tacos, chili, powdered donuts and soups. Again, there is nothing special about these foods: it is just as dangerous to eat a fruit parfait while driving.
How can I stop eating while driving?
A lot of people end up eating in their car due to a lack of time or planning. If you normally eat your breakfast while maneuvering through rush-hour traffic, try getting up 10 minutes earlier. You may find that you have enough time to enjoy your breakfast at home this way.
If you are going on a road trip, consider either making stopping for food a part of the experience or packing lunches and eating at rest stops. This will prevent you from the temptation of grabbing a meal at the drive-thru and continuing to drive.