What Does Distraction Look Like?
What type of mornings do you have?
Are you the rushed and hurried type who sleeps as late as possible, grabs a quick to-go breakfast, and just remembers to fill your travel thermos full of hot coffee before you run out the door?
Or maybe you’re the type who takes your time. You wake up early, enjoy your leisurely mornings with some reading and some quiet time, before heading out the door to your favorite local coffee shop and taking some fresh, hot joe and a nice pastry with you to the office.
But those don’t describe the chaos of your morning if you have kids. Shuffling them out the door before school usually leaves you in a rush, with limited time to take care of yourself. So after dropping them and before heading to your job, you swing through a fast-food joint and grab a double-venti-mocha-something along with your favorite greasy breakfast sandwich.
What do all of these mornings have in common?
It’s no secret that the majority of drivers on our roads are distracted, but we so often focus on things like texting and driving that we forget about the more routine distractions. Eating, drinking, and driving is actually far more common than texting and driving.
What to Avoid
For most of us, sipping a soda or grabbing a snack while we drive is just second nature. But the reality of how dangerous this can be makes us pause to think about the consequences. There are some things that are more dangerous than others, however So here’s what you should avoid at all costs while driving:
- Coffee and other hot beverages: Though it may seem like the caffeine jolt would help you focus better, the danger of spilling a hot drink or burning your mouth while driving outweigh the benefits of the caffeine intake. If you’re going to drink, stick with a cold liquid that doesn’t fizz or won’t be likely to overflow. Whatever it is, keep it in a spill-proof container.
- Greasy foods: If the food you’re eating requires a fair amount of cleanup, or if it takes a good amount of your focus to contain it and eat it without making a mess, it shouldn’t be eaten on the road. Foods like cheeseburgers, tacos, and anything with several pieces or parts to it should not be consumed while driving. If you’re going to eat, stick with snacks that don’t require your hands to be constantly occupied. Try to find foods that don’t make a mess and that don’t require you to take your eyes off the road.
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