Safe Driving: Eliminating Food Distractions

Can you guess which food is most distracting while driving? 

  1. A Hamburger
  2. Coffee
  3. A Soft Drink
  4. Twizzlers

Licorice actually makes the top ten, but coffee is the number one food distraction!

Like any other distraction, eating/drinking is a dangerous activity that takes your attention away from the road. While eating, a driver’s reaction speed is lowered by 44% and lowered 22% while drinking. These distractions cause 25% of all car crashes. That is over a million and a half each year!

Most food items can be messy. If spilled, an attempt to clean up takes your focus from traffic rules, driving and the road. Greasy hands give you less control over the steering wheel and food dropped will incite an instinctive reaction to clean the mess immediately. Eating and drinking almost always takes both hands off the wheel.

 Tips to avoid eating/drinking in vehicle:

  • Eat before leaving. Taking an extra 10-15 minutes to eat before driving will be much for enjoyable and stress-free.
  • Wait until you get home to eat.
  • If you are on a road trip take 5 and then drive! Eat in the parking lot or pull over to a safe spot.
  • Make a rule that no food is allowed in your vehicle. This takes the temptation away and keeps your vehicle clean.

If you need to wet your whistle on the road, keep drinks in spill-proof containers. Opt for a slim container that can be held with one hand.

Eating while driving is not worth endangering yourself or others. We want you to keep your eyes and your mind on the road.

Give us a call! <br/>Eureka Brake & Automotive <br/>707.443-2122 <br/>

Revised from content contributed by NAPA Service Assistant