Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The 10 Worst Things to Eat While Driving


It's tempting if you're in a hurry. It's something most people have done at one time or another, but eating is a perilous distraction while you're driving.

The term "distracted driving" refers to anything that takes your eyes, hands or mind away from driving. Eating while driving is one of the most distracting things you can do, according to several surveys by insurance companies and data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

According to a study released by the NHTSA and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, 80% of crashes involve some form of driver distraction within three seconds before the crash.

Here are 10 items you should avoid eating in the car that will keep you from being distracted while you drive.


1. Boiled Lobster with Melted Butter: Even if you are from Maine, trying to crack the shell and dip the delicious lobster in the melted butter is sure to distract you from keeping your eyes on the road. If you must eat lobster and drive at the same time, I recommend that you keep your windows up, as the wind from an open window is likely to blow your lobster bib up over your face and impair your sight while driving.

2. Vodka Jell-O-Shots: This delicious treat is just too wiggly to try to eat while driving. I recommend eating all of your Vodka Jell-O-Shots before you start to drive.

3. Spaghetti and Meatballs slathered with Tomato Marinara Sauce. This is another food you should not eat while driving, especially if you are wearing white.

4. Porterhouse Steak: The risk of having an accident is only compounded by the possibility of being impaled by your steak knife.

5. Taco Salad: In addition to being dangerous to eat, it is a food that is sure to leave your car floor mat looking like a salad bar.

6. Cottage Cheese Ketchup Soup, with Fresh Mint and Chocolate Chips: I would not recommend eating this inside your car. I would not recommend eating this outside your car either. It’s gross.

7. 5 Alarm Chili with Three Cheese Toppings: The potential for drips and slops down the front of clothing is nothing compared to the great risk of indigestion that you are likely to get from this treat if you eat it while driving at great speeds.

8. Worms: Even if you are eight years old and are dared to do so, I do not recommend that you eat worms while driving.

9. Marijuana Brownies: No one denies the appeal of this moist and Choc√≥lately treat. However, you risk getting “hard to remove” chocolate stains if you eat this while driving. If you do have to eat this while driving, I recommend only doing so at traffic lights and stop signs.

10. Chocolate Ex-Lax: It is not recommended to eat any chocolate laxatives, no matter how temptingly delicious, if you are in the car for longer than 20 minutes. Trust me on this one.

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