As Americans, we thrive on fast food. Many drivers today have access to all kinds of food thanks to the drive-thru window. Though there's no shame in enjoying your In-N-Out burger, you should avoid doing so while behind the wheel. Eating while driving poses major hazards to you and others on the roads. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Administration conducted research that found eating to be a more significant distraction while driving than cell phone use. Here are our reasons why you should avoid eating in the car:
1. Eating Requires You To Take Your Hands Off the Wheel
Fast food items come in paper bags that you must unravel. There are sauce packets that must be torn and squeezed and often drip onto the most inconvenient surfaces. Not to mention, sometimes you need silverware or napkins. There's simply no safe way to eat any food while driving as eating requires both hands.
Fun Fact: Coffee, doughnuts, and hamburgers are the three most dangerous foods to eat while driving (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).
2. Allowing Passengers to Eat Can Be Just As Dangerous
A backseat full of friends chowing down on fries can be just as distracting as eating it yourself. The smells and noise of eating will be tempting for anybody. You might think it's safe to ask for a bite or two of that burger, but you're mistaken. You need to concentrate on the critical task of driving, as your eyes should maintain on the road.
3. Eating in Your Car Can Lead to Clutter
Eating in your vehicle tends to leave you with wrappers, dirty napkins, and all kinds of trash. It's easy to toss your mess on the ground or dashboard, but it can become a safety hazard if you let it get too crazy. Do not treat your car like a dining room.
Though no laws restrict you from eating and driving, it doesn't mean it is a safe practice. By waiting for your vehicle to be parked entirely to eat, you can reduce the risk of getting into an accident. Repair costs can be convincing enough for you to consider pulling over to eat.
Anything that averts your attention from the road can be viewed as a distraction. Unfortunately, distracted driving can be a deadly price to pay to cure your hunger. If you require any vehicle service or repair, give us a call or stop by Red Rock Repair today!