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The danger of consuming food and drinks while driving

On Behalf of | May 16, 2022 | Personal Injury

People across Oklahoma use cars for their daily commute. If you’re running late, it can be tempting to skip breakfast and take a coffee or snack with you.

This sounds convenient and food and drinks in themselves pose little threat. However, consuming these products while driving is a different matter. Why is it so dangerous to consume food and drinks while on the road?

Hot drinks cause burns

Cars are often fitted with cup holders which fit flasks and takeaway cups perfectly. On a straight stretch of the highway, the cup or flask may barely move. However, you never know when you’re going to have to make a sudden turn, stop or maneuver when driving. Any sudden movements could cause the hot drink to spill. This will not only cause burns but will distract the driver from the roads and their surrounding environment.

Direct impacts on driving

Whether you’re driving an automatic or manual vehicle, you will be relying on the use of foot pedals. A flask can obstruct these pedals if it falls onto the floor. You may find yourself unable to press the brake fully and come to a stop on time. Or, you may need to accelerate at an intersection only to find that you are unable to press the appropriate pedal. All of this makes a collision much more likely.

Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of road traffic collisions, and food and drinks are a noteworthy distraction. If someone has run into you and you subsequently find out they were distracted by food items or beverages, then they should be held responsible. Seeking legal guidance will give you the best possible chance of obtaining compensation for your injuries.