Most people understand that texting while driving is dangerous even if they still choose to do it. However, many people would not hesitate to stop by a drive-thru and grab some food for the road. The drive-thru system appears to be built specifically to make doing that easier — leading people to think that it is safe.
However, many safety experts agree that eating while driving is very dangerous. In fact, it shares one of the biggest risks with texting and driving.
Other than looking away from the road, one of the largest problems with texting is that you have to take at least one hand off the wheel. You may end up taking both hands off, especially if you have to bend over and pick up your phone.
For that time, your 4,000-pound car is moving at about 55 miles per hour with no one at the controls. It is a terrifying thought. Your reaction time plummets dramatically, and drivers sometimes drift into the wrong lane.
Eating behind the wheel is no different. Many drivers let go of the wheel with both hands to take a bite or get a drink. If you spill something on yourself trying to eat one-handed, you may instinctively reach with the other hand to keep from spilling on your clothes or in the car.
It seems like a minor thing, and it would be at the dinner table. In the car, though, it can be the slim difference between life and death.
Have you been injured by a driver who was texting or eating? Make sure you know what legal options you have.