Food For Thought? Not Behind The Wheel, Please

July 16, 2009
Flickr user Mike Burns

Flickr user Mike Burns

The next time you try to eat a burger while driving—or even grab a sip of soda—please reconsider. According to recent data from the federal government and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near crashes involve some form of driver distraction.

Distraction remains a hot-button issue for auto-safety advocates, insurers, and legislators, and while a number of states have recently passed laws limiting talking or texting while driving, it's not quite as easy to regulate and restrict eating or drinking while driving.

The insurance comparison-shopping site cites an Exxon survey suggesting that more than 70 percent eat while driving. thinks that you should keep your hands on the wheel and allow a little extra time to enjoy some safe, sit-down road food. Nevertheless, we'll concede that even awareness of the risks won't stop you from sipping and munching so we've posted this handy list from

Just promise us you won't read the list while driving, okay?

Top 10 foods to avoid while driving

1. Coffee. Even with a travel lid, hot coffee can find its way out of the opening when you hit a bump.
2. Hot soup. Many people drink it like coffee and run the same risks.
3. Tacos. Any food that can disassemble itself will leave your car looking like a salad bar.
4. Chili dogs. Huge potential for drips and slops down the front of clothing.
5. Hamburgers. From the grease to the toppings, it could end up on your hands and the steering wheel.
6. Ribs and wings. What's more distracting than licking your fingers?
7. Fried chicken. More greasy hands. You've got to wipe them off while you're driving.
8. Jelly donuts. It's not possible to eat one without watching the center ooze out.
9. Soda. Carbonation. Fizz in the nose. Lids that leak. Disaster.
10. Chocolate. Try to clean melted chocolate off the steering wheel without swerving.

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