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Just say no to eating and driving

The drivers of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, may do a lot of things to stay safe while out on the roads. They may put seat belts on themselves and their passengers and check everything from the tires to the windshield wipers before going out. They may also be careful, once driving, to pay attention to weather conditions, road conditions, other vehicles and pedestrians. They may even believe that they are avoiding distracted driving by not texting or calling. However, there is another form of distracted driving that leads to a lot of car accidents: eating.

Because eating is such an ubiquitous part of life, it is easy to presume that it can be successfully integrated with all other activities, including driving. One driver may shovel a large ketchup-drenched hamburger into his or her mouth while getting onto a freeway, and another driver may decide that turning onto his or her neighborhood road is a good time to feast on a nice, thick, pepperoni-covered slice of pizza.

Unfortunately, that kind of eating and driving distracts the driver's attention from the road, other vehicles and pedestrians, increasing the probability that an accident will occur. After all, if your focus is on the luscious taco that you have in one hand, and the taste of its savory goodness, you won't be focused on the grandmother attempting to cross the street in front of you with her walker. When you finally do notice her, it may be too late, and you will only have one hand with which to avert disaster, since the other hand is full of the taco.

Everybody likes good food. It is one of the great sources of, pun intended, the spice of life. However, drivers need to either chow down before they start their car or wait until they get to their destination, because the lives they save by not eating while driving are worth more than the instant gratification of trying to eat and drive at the same time.

Source: Decide to Drive, "Eating While Driving," accessed Jan. 30, 2018

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