When most people think of distracted driving they most likely think of smartphone use such as texting, posting things on social media, etc.., but there are MANY other everyday habits which can avert your attention from the road. Let’s look at one of the most common ones: Eating.
How Is Eating While Driving Dangerous?
Eating food while driving may seem harmless enough, but it does create distraction in three major ways:
Visually – Anything that takes the driver’s eye off of the road is a recipe for disaster. It could be unwrapping food too eat, or being concerned with something that may drip on their clothing. It only takes a second or two of visual distraction to miss something in the road.
Manually – Dealing with food will most likely require the use of at least one of a driver’s hands, and at times both. When it comes time to react to another vehicle or a pedestrian in the road a driver always wants to have access to both hands.
Cognitive – Food can be tasty stuff. Savoring and enjoying delicious food can take a driver away mentally for a moment, creating an almost dream-like state. Much like day-dreaming, this can be quite distracting and the results can be tragic.
How To Avoid Eating While Driving
Make sure to schedule snacks and meals into your every day routine. Many people don’t prioritize eating, so they find themselves very hungry at inopportune times, which leads to multitasking. Eating at your desk is your business, but eating behind the wheel could have negative effects on those around you.
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