If you are like a lot of other Atlanta residents, you are aware of the dangers of using your cell phone or other electronic devices while driving. You may even make sure that you stay off your devices as you travel.
However, you may not think twice about engaging in an underrated form of distraction that can cause accidents just as easily as using an electronic device — eating while driving. In today’s fast-paced world, most people have eaten as they commute to work, run errands or travel, even though it presents a very real danger to everyone.
Let’s look closer at this form of distracted driving
Below is a list of statistics and dangers associated with eating and driving that may make you think twice next time you start to unwrap a burger or pick up a drink as you drive. As you will see, it may not be the food itself that makes imbibing while you drive dangerous:
- When it comes to drinks, they could spill. Whether the drink is hot or cold, a spill will take your attention off the road.
- The food you choose to eat could produce crumbs, fall apart into your lap or make your hands greasy. Any of these results of normal eating would most likely divert your attention from the road and make driving riskier.
- Obviously, you would need to take at least one hand off the steering wheel in order to eat, which reduces your ability to control your vehicle.
- Your ability to react quickly to a situation reduces by around 22% if you take a drink of something while driving.
- Your ability to react quickly to a situation reduces by around 44% if you eat and drive.
- Your ability to keep your vehicle in your lane diminishes by about 18% when you take a drink.
In order to put the amount of danger into perspective, a survey conducted by ExxonMobil revealed that approximately 83% of the 1,000 drivers surveyed admitted to drinking something while driving, and another 70% admitted to eating while driving. Even if you don’t eat and drive, the odds are that at least one driver around you is doing so. This means you could end up involved in a car accident with someone who is eating or drinking while driving.
Depending on the circumstances, you could suffer serious injuries that will substantially disrupt your life, even temporarily. You could need to take time off work, incur medical expenses and sustain other damages related to the crash. With experienced and knowledgeable legal support, you could pursue the compensation you deserve from the negligent or reckless driver who succumbed to this or another type of distraction.