There’s a lot of news coverage and talk about this new study that says the risk of crashing a car is 23 times greater when the driver is text messaging.
Really, that doesn’t surprise me. It’s easy enough to tell when you’re behind a driver tapping away at the keys: swerves, erratic changes in speed. I actually find this list from insurance.com far more interesting and conversation worthy:
Top 10 foods to avoid while driving (Hey Mike Oz, check out No. 3)
- Coffee. Even with a travel lid, hot coffee can find its way out of the opening when you hit a bump.
- Hot soup. Many people drink it like coffee and run the same risks.
- Tacos. Any food that can disassemble itself will leave your car looking like a salad bar.
- Chili dogs. Huge potential for drips and slops down the front of clothing.
- Hamburgers. From the grease to the toppings, it could end up on your hands and the steering wheel.
- Ribs and wings. What’s more distracting than licking your fingers?
- Fried chicken. More greasy hands. You’ve got to wipe them off while you’re driving.
- Jelly donuts. It’s not possible to eat one without watching the center ooze out.
- Soda. Carbonation. Fizz in the nose. Lids that leak. Disaster.
- Chocolate. Try to clean melted chocolate off the steering wheel without swerving.
I don’t text ‘n’ drive, but I certainly have stuffed a few meals down behind the wheel. I for one can’t imagine not drinking my coffee on the way to work. Though, I have to say, I’d never think it was a good idea to eat a chili dog while I drive. If you take out the drinks, this list is a real crack up. Who eats soup while they drive? I’m also surprised ice cream cones didn’t make the list. Now that’s messy.
And, besides food, I see lots of other crazy stuff on my drive to work on the freeway: people reading books, putting on makeup, teasing their hair, shaving.
What about you, what kinds of crazy things have you seen (or, confess) done behind the wheel? Do these stats on crashes make you any more careful?