Distracted Drivers

A recent survey by Nationwide Insurance shows that driving while distracted (DWD) is quite prevalent among today’s drivers and more dangerous than you might think. As well as talking on a cell phone, the survey found that reading while driving, adjusting music, talking to someone else in the vehicle and eating are also considered dangerous distractions. On the latter distraction, auto insurance agency Insurance.com has just come up with a top 10 list of the most dangerous foods to eat while driving – a level of detail that may surprise hungry drivers. According to its press release here are the top 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 ooze out.
  9. Soda: carbonation, fizz in the nose, lids that leak, disaster.
  10. Chocolate: try to clean melted chocolate off the steering wheel without swerving.

While an amusing read, this focuses attention on a serious problem. Some form of driver inattention was involved in almost 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes, according to a study conducted by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Check out I.I.I. facts and stats on auto crashes.

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