Eating while driving seems like a time-saving idea. Many people do so when going to work/school, and so on, to avoid sitting down to eat. But this is very dangerous.
When a driver drops food, such as a French fry, they may try to pick it up to avoid wasting food or staining their car. This means they will take their eyes off the road and one hand off the steering wheel. Accordingly, they will have less control of the vehicle and won’t pay attention to the road, which can result in swerving.
Wiping away crumbs
Wiping away crumbs requires a driver to take their hands off the wheel and possibly look down to ensure their clothes are clean. This can take a few minutes, but it’s dangerous, as the driver’s focus won’t be on driving.
Cleaning off sauce
Foods with sauce, such as barbequed food, are dangerous. If sauce drips on a driver’s clothes or the car seat, they may wipe it to avoid staining. Finding napkins/wet wipes and cleaning the stain will take the driver’s attention away from the road.
Spilling hot liquid
Spilling or splashing hot tea and coffee when driving, perhaps after hitting a pothole or missing the cup holder, may cause a driver to jump or move as a reflex to avoid burns. The driver will also need to find napkins to clean up. These are distractions that can cause an accident.
Greasy or fried foods can make a driver’s hands slippery and, in turn, make it difficult for them to control the steering wheel. Such a driver may fail to respond faster when needed.
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