Is Eating While Driving a Form of Distracted Driving?

Thanks for checking back in with me, Danny Blu. You all know how much I care about safe driving. I continue to be loyal to teaching as many people as possible the dangers of reckless driving. One question that has come up a lot is whether eating while driving counts as a form of distracted driving?

This is a good question because eating while driving is extremely common, even accepted, in our society. We have hundreds of drive-through windows in every town, and it would be hard to believe that people aren’t reaching a hand into that fast food bag for a couple of warm fries.

Yes, people eat a lot while driving. Yes, it is a form of distracted driving.

Different Forms of Distracted Driving

There are many forms of distracted driving. Not every form of distracted driving is singled out in car accident laws throughout the country. For instance, searching the floorboards one-handed for your baby’s pacifier is a form of distracted driving. If little Bamm Bamm really needs his binkie, pull over to look for it.

Other types of distracted driving do include eating while driving. If you are shoving a cheeseburger in your mouth with one hand or reaching into a fast food container, you are driving distracted. Your attention is divided between the food you’re shoving down your throat and the road. Not to mention that both of your hands can’t possibly be on the steering wheel if you’re eating while driving. 

Pulling into a parking lot or waiting until you get home is the best way to consume food. You can also try going into the restaurant, as many fast food restaurants have dine-in options.

What are some other forms of distracted driving that you may not have considered?

  • Fiddling with the radio
  • Reaching for things under the seat
  • Talking on a cell phone or using your cell phone at all
  • Talking with other passengers

Even engaging with other passengers in the vehicle can be distracting for many people. Have you ever been gabbing with someone in the car and they missed a turn or forgot where they were going? The reason is not because the person is stupid—it’s because the conversation was distracting them. They were not focused on the road.

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