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Driver distractions: Nibble on this

Post by Cheryl Tucker on July 29, 2009 at 5:00 am with 3 Comments »
July 29, 2009 5:00 am

Our editorial today looks at the dangers of using a cell phone or texting while driving. But they aren’t the only activities that can increase your chance of getting into an accident.

DWE is a big problem, too. Driving While Eating, that is.

We all do it. I pick up a mocha at least once a week at my favorite drive-thru and commit DWS (Driving While Sipping). I’ve also guilty of DWM (Driving While Munching), usually on sunflower seeds while on long road trips.

I draw the line at DWEB (Driving While Eating Burgers), though, but only because I’m so messy I’d dribble condiments all over myself.

One survey, by Exxon, found that more than 70 percent of drivers eat while driving and 83 percent drink beverages. (My guess: The drivers who say they don’t are lying.)

So what are the most dangerous foods to consume while driving? The Orlando Sentinel came up with a list.

We don’t have rights to reprint it, but click here to read it.

You could probably guess what tops the list: hot coffee.

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  1. Is that you in the picture, Cheryl?

  2. Cheryl Tucker says:

    Not me….but kinda bears a resemblance. No, retired TNT photog Russ Carmack set that up a few years ago with a model who is obviously a good sport.

  3. They REALLY should have also added to their list:

    Talking to your passenger/s and looking at them while doing it!! Add not being allowed to make dramatic gestures to make a point

    Reaching behind your seat to retrieve a dropped toy, bottle, snack for a child or threatening a child/children with a wagging finger.

    Lighting or smoking a cigarette, cigar or pipe. Personal experience, my brother, while trying to impress me and my teenaged female friends while ferrying us to some destination, managed to drop a pipeful of hot stuff into his lap. Made for some pretty tense moments for all of us and a major burn in the seat of the car.

    Changing the radio station or seaching through cd’s for just the right tunes.

    I have also been behind a couple who were having a punchout while driving down the freeway at 60+ mph!! What gives there??

    I thought it was illegal in WA state to eat or drink while driving, but since they have chosen to ignore this law and instead decide to single out cellphone usage as a “no no” instead, why not just ban the driver from doing anything except for actual driving and driving correctly!?

    As in using your turn indicators; merging at the correct speed and allowing others to merge without making it a personal vendetta of some kind; when turning, going into the correct (closest) lane, etc.

    There are too many vehicles on too few roads so we all have to look at ourselves to make sure that we are driving safely and still retain respect of the others drivers rights as well.

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