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Top Distracting Things to Eat While Driving

Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Feb 18, 2015 in Auto Accidents

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Its tempting, especially when youre in a hurry, but did you know that eating while driving is even more dangerous than texting while driving?  

Eating while you drive is one of the most distracting things you can do, according to several recent surveys by insurance companies and data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

A Recipe for Disaster

You need just a few seconds to grab your sandwich and unwrap it, and that same amount of time is all it takes to lose control of the vehicle due to distraction or hands taken off the steering wheel. And if youre eating and driving, youre most likely steering with one hand, and your knees, which is asking for trouble.

The agency even compiled a list of some of the most dangerous foods to consume behind the wheel. The top 5 offenders are:

  • Coffee
  • Hot soup
  • Tacos
  • Chili
  • Hamburgers

 Road Rage 

Many of us go for a drive to cool off when were upset. But did you know you don't have to be upset by another driver to experience road rage? You simply must be in a negative mindset. Driving in this state is dangerous and causes distraction, which, in turn, affects a driver's ability to concentrate.

Aggressive driving is a top concern for many drivers. The following tips can help you avoid becoming involved in a road rage incident.

  • Obey posted speed limits and traffic laws.
  • Keep to the right if you are a slower driver.
  • If you see an individual driving recklessly and have a cell phone, call 911 with a description of the car and the license plate number.
  • Be cautious of other drivers and expect the unexpected.
  • Do not make eye contact with an irate driver.
  • Do not confront an upset motorist.
  • If you are cut off, do not make any hand gestures to the other motorist.

At Harbin & Burnett, LLP, we provide courteous, personalized service to victims of whose families have been affected by distracted driving accidents. For answers to all of your car accident injury questions, contact our firm.

Call 1 (888)821-0247 or use the Free Case Evaluation form.

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