Do not eat and drive….

Do not eat and drive….

Eat and drive
Do not eat and drive

Eating and driving is more dangerous than using a hand held cell phone while driving. Yes drinking is more hazardous but eating related accidents too are becoming equally common due to negligence and due to changing life styles.

Chocolate/ Candies bars – Whatever you touch – steering wheels, gear , clothing or hair – will carry distinctive fingerprints. Drivers’ instinctive reactions are to clean the offending candy stains immediately, which distracts them from the road ahead.

Soft Drinks – Sipping soft drinks while driving could be a deadly distraction. Open containers holding liquids – hot or cold – can cause a lack of driver concentration when spilled across a shirt or lap. Choking too can occur.

Jelly and Cream-Filled Donuts – as messy jelly oozes onto drivers’ clothes and they become more focused on the spill than the highway.

Fried chicken – Greasy hands are a sure distraction as drivers tend to constantly try to clean them while driving. Grease on a steering wheel is almost impossible to get off.

Any Barbecued Food – Barbecue sauce may be delicious, but drivers should remember that “if it can drip, don’t eat it while you drive.”

Juicy Hamburgers – The same goes for foods that contain messy or greasy extras. The cost of a burger deluxe could turn into 100 times worth of repairs if dripping condiments, special sauces or greasy meat juices distract the driver.

Chili – Steering chili-covered foods to your mouth while steering a car around a corner requires more dexterity than humans possess.

Tacos – Here’s a foodstuff that can disassemble itself without much help while being consumed. One good road bump and the seat of your car looks like a salad bar.

Hot Soups – Eating soup while trying to manipulate a gearshift is not sensible. It’s the equivalent to a circus juggling act; a sure recipe for disaster. Scalding can occur as the soups are generally steaming hot

So what is the most hazardous food drivers can consume? The offender is one of the world’s most popular beverages and the one with which most of us start their mornings:

Coffee – Uncovered drinks generally are the greatest offenders for unexpected splashes and spills. Nobody wants to look soiled or messy, especially on the way to work, and coffee spills are the worst because drivers invariably try to make instant clean-ups while still driving. In addition, hot coffee is often served at temperatures near scalding and can cause serious burns that also divert a driver’s focus.

Eating on the run not only endangers one’s life but can lead to problems such as acidity problems due to tight clothing and seating postures,  uncontrolled eating as you dont have a tab of what you are eating and how much is the quantity.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India.She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore.Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

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