The dangers of eating while driving, as a man eats a hamburger and drives with one hand

Do you eat while driving? It’s no secret that we are more distracted than ever when it comes to driving. Smartphones are becoming a bigger and bigger attachment for people and it seems to be the only concern for most people. Another problem stems from an even more fundamental human necessity -- eating.


As people seem to be in more and more of a hurry every day, and finding no time to eat at home, they attempt to multitask and eat during their commutes or other daily drives. While this seems like a harmless way to save some time, it can cause a great deal of distraction and prove to be a serious danger to everyone on the road.


When driving, there are a few different forms of distraction and eating can play into all of them, often all at the same time:


  • Visual distractions take a driver’s eyes off the road.
  • Manual distractions take a driver’s hands off the wheel.
  • Cognitive distractions take a driver’s mind off the task of driving.


These distractions pose a considerable risk to the safety of not only the driver, but to their passengers, other drivers on the road and even pedestrians. Many may wonder how to avoid these distractions. But it’s as simple as waiting until you reach your destination to eat. That sandwich isn’t worth the risk it poses to you and others on the road.


We at Hupy and Abraham would like to challenge everyone to resist the urge to eat or partake in any other distraction while driving to ensure our roads stay as safe as possible. And if you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by distracted driving, please feel free to contact us online or call us directly at 800-800-5678 to schedule your free consultation.

Jason F. Abraham
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Helping car accident and personal injury victims throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa since 1993.