Drivers urged not to eat and drive by road safety group…
It’s been estimated that your chances of having a crash double if you’re trying to eat while you drive.
The finding has been made by the Brunel University in London in a new study into drive distraction.
And it’s not just eating food behind the wheel that’s distracting – even drinking a drink can significantly increase your distraction levels and accident risk, according to the research.
Neil Worth from road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist says while different countries/states have different laws in regards to eating/drinking while you drive, it’s still a good idea to avoid the practise.
“Anything that takes our attention away will increase our risk of collision.
“However, too many drivers don’t see it as a problem to unwrap a pasty, sip a scalding hot coffee or glug from a large juice carton on a journey.
“Driving is a complex enough task already. So, trying to do anything else at the same time just makes the journey riskier because we’re not fully focused on driving.
“If something then goes wrong, we’re likely to react more slowly because our attention is elsewhere – and when we do react, there’s the food item or beverage to deal with, too.”
Tips on How to Reduce the Risk on Journeys:
- Make sure you are always in full control of your car. That means both hands – and all your brain – on the driving task. Focusing on anything else is a distraction that will increase the risk of a collision.
- Plan your journeys so there’s time for snack and drinks breaks built in.
- Stop somewhere safe, such as a proper parking area or motorway service station.
- Don’t believe any drivers who say they can multi-task safely while driving.
The results of the study into eating/drinking distraction comes after another recent study found eating behind the wheel was a common phenomenon.