How Common Are Car Accidents Due to Eating While Driving?
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of fatal car accidents in the United States. Distracted driving is more than just texting and cell phone use, however. A variety of activities can distract a driver behind the wheel, including eating, drinking, adjusting music controls, and reading navigation systems. Many people don’t think about eating when they consider what’s most distracting behind the wheel.
According to one recent survey, 56.7% of Americans reported that they eat and drink while driving. Most Americans live on-the-go. With drive-thru options available at every coffee shop and fast food restaurant – eating while driving feels natural. But just as texting while driving is a risk, so is eating while driving.