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Distracted driving: Don’t eat these foods while driving

On Behalf of | Oct 14, 2022 | Car Accidents/MVA |

man driving while hold donut phone and coffee cup

Kentucky has some of the worst distracted driving statistics in the country. And one of the worst distracted driving activities is eating and drinking.

You can probably get away with eating an energy bar and drinking water out of a screw-top mug (though we don’t recommend it), but otherwise eating and driving is an invitation for a distracted driving fine at best and a crash at worst.

Here are the top foods you should avoid behind the wheel.

Hot coffee

Liquids of any kind are risky in a car, but hot liquids, even in a secure cup, are gambling with your safety. To-go coffee cup tops aren’t secure and can leak. Screw-top mugs can still send a splash of piping hot coffee onto your lap if you turn suddenly or hit a bump.

Take-out coffee is usually served at a temperature of 160 degrees, which can cause third-degree burns if it stays in contact with your skin for 20 seconds. You do not want to be racing a hot coffee spill clock while driving on the freeway.

And contrary to popular belief, it is extremely difficult to successfully sue the coffee shop or restaurant that sold you that scalding hot coffee.


Any food with multiple components (burgers, burritos, salad) is going to suffer at least a little ingredient loss while you’re watching the road and blindly guiding the food to your mouth. While chunks of food falling in your lap probably won’t burn you, it can be a distraction as you try to minimize clothing stains.

Fried chicken

Any food that gives you greasy, filthy fingers should be a no-go in a moving car. Wings, chili dogs, donuts and anything else that requires napkins is too distracting, even if everything goes perfectly. If you drop or drip that food, clean-up mode could end in an accident.

Anything that melts

Ice cream, frozen yogurt and even chocolate can cause a distraction as these items can melt and become a permanent part of your upholstery.

Food that requires condiments or utensils

Many of these foods stray dangerously close to two-hand foods territory and having both hands off the steering wheel, even for two seconds, can end in tragedy.

If you were involved in a car accident and you believe distracted driving was a factor, contact a car accident attorney about seeking damages.


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