Many in Roswell may worry about encountering a drunk driver on the road, yet a distracted driver can be just as dangerous. Driving distractions are not limited to cell phones; something as simple as eating while driving can make a motorist dangerous to others. Indeed, information compiled through a collaboration between The Auto Alliance and The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons shows that those who eat and drink behind the wheel are 3.6 times more likely to be involved in an accident than those who do not.
Eating seems like such a natural action to most, yet it requires more attention and effort than one might think. Hands are needed to grasp food (meaning that they are not on the steering wheel) and one's vision and attention are required to avoid spills. While the distractions that come with eating might be momentary, they take more than enough time to draw one's attention from the road ahead and potentially place others at risk.
Yet what makes eating and driving unique from the other forms of driving distractions is its prevalence. According to the website Drive-Safely.net, 70 percent of people admit to eating while driving. This statistic shows just how little the dangers that can come from this activity are truly appreciated.
While eating while driving may not net one criminal charges, it may be a factor in assigning liability for an accident. People involved in collisions caused by others should consider the circumstances to determine if distractions caused by eating may have indeed been a factor. Food-related collisions occur most often in the morning (as commuters are heading to work). Spills on clothing or vehicle upholstery may be another sign that a driver was eating (as are empty food wrappers on a vehicle's seats or floors).