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Top 10 foods to avoid while driving

July 28, 2009

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Drivers who eat while driving run the risk of paying more for car insurance. It’s a fact, although it’s not officially one of the questions on an application for auto insurance. Eating while driving is one of the most distracting things you can do, according to a study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. Eighty percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involve driver distraction. According to NHTSA, “Distraction was most likely to be involved in rear-end collisions in which the lead vehicle was stopped, as well as in single-vehicle crashes.”

Distractions like eating can become a problem for drivers who can’t react quickly to a sharp curve or another driver’s sudden stop. Unfortunately, just one accident may increase your car insurance rates as much as 25 percent.

Here are the top-10 foods to avoid while driving:

1. Coffee. Even with a travel lid, hot coffee can find its way out of the opening when you hit a bump.

2. Hot soup. Many people drink it like coffee and run the same risks.

3. Tacos. Any food that can disassemble itself will leave your car looking like a salad bar.

4. Chili dogs. Huge potential for drips and slops down the front of clothing.

5. Hamburgers. From the grease to the toppings, it could end up on your hands and the steering wheel.

6. Ribs and wings. What’s more distracting than licking your fingers?

7. Fried chicken. More greasy hands. You’ve got to wipe them off while you’re driving.

8. Jelly donuts. It’s not possible to eat one without watching the center.

9. Soda. Carbonation. Fizz in the nose. Lids that leak. Disaster.

10. Chocolate. Try to clean melted chocolate off the steering wheel without swerving.

How widespread is this food problem?

Exxon surveyed 1,000 drivers and discovered more than 70 percent of drivers eat while driving and 83 percent drink beverages. The NHTSA study cites these driver distractions as the top reasons for car crashes — and ultimately higher auto insurance rates:

1. Using a cell phone. Calling for carry-out?

2. Reaching for a moving object. Flying French fries?

3. Looking at an object or event outside of the vehicle. Where is Starbucks?

4. Reading. Or tweeting for the closest BBQ?

5. Applying makeup. Every second counts!

SOURCE: Insurance.com

— McClatchy Newspapers

Comments

Multidisciplinary 4 years, 8 months ago

LOL Py. I think the gang really missed out on their creative opportunities on this one. I expected this one to have a lot more efforts on board by now.

rock, I've got some of those very shallow plastic trays to try to manage that corn in. Bad enough in the house, I can just picture one in one hand braced against the wheel. lol. Thanks, good one.

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rockchalkmohawk 4 years, 8 months ago

i dont think soda is really that deadly. thats an amatuers problem. try corn on the cob while driving, thatll cause an accident.

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Pywacket 4 years, 8 months ago

Multi~ OMG!!! The visuals! The visuals!

We're going on a road trip real soon and you've inspired me to try a few new things. Have to bring an extra-big cooler for all the travel delicacies.

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BMI 4 years, 8 months ago

Late night crowd deserves overtime.

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 8 months ago

You know how you pour olive oil into spaghetti to keep it from sticking together? Well if you're going to eat it while you're driving it's really important to not do that because it's too slick and thus difficult to keep on the fork when you've got that gladware tucked inside the shoulder seatbelt between your frog eye old biker chick boobs and sitting on top your not pregnant but looks like it belly, rolling that spaghetti onto your plastic fork up against the piece of garlic toast you're holding in your other hand.The one with the cigarette between the two main fingers..tricky but you've done it.

Cereal in milk with a spoon. You just aren't going to get those little O's where you want them.This just can't be a happy start to your morning. Switch to oatmeal and drink it from a used McD's coffee cup with a lid. Add about 1/4 C baileys, grate some chocolate over the top, why not do it right. I call it the McBrimley.

Shucking oysters isn't too hard, but I'd take the old truck instead of the new one. And a few band aids. Or super glue.

I do not recommend pomegranates or artichokes with butter. Can't do that and text at the same time.

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bearded_gnome 4 years, 8 months ago

@Py, LOL!

I bet Pizza is very distracting to eat on the road too!

and then, there's peeling a tomato, very very distracting.

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Pywacket 4 years, 8 months ago

They left out several foods that would be much worse than some of these. Just the other day, my passenger and I were so engrossed with our watermelon-seed-spitting contest that I ran off the road, through a fence, and into a swimming pool. Luckily, we were able to escape the vehicle, along with our watermelon. Bet that guy won't leave the keys in his next Mustang.

Then there was that time at Christmas when we poured the brandy over the figgy pudding and lit it on the way to see the Plaza Christmas lights. That didn't go so well. It costs more than you'd imagine to replace the fabric "ceiling" of a car once you've burned a big hole in it. Not to mention, we had to roll down all the windows when we started coughing. After beating the fire out with an umbrella (quite a trick driving down the road and watching for cattle (=pedestirans), we had to pick pieces of the pudding out of the upholstery and off the floor mats and soak them in more brandy to kill any bacteria before eating it.

Next to these foods, a greasy hamburger is hardly distracting at all.

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