Eating and Drinking While Driving Is More Distracting Than Phone Use

by | December 18th, 2013

December 18, 2013

When most motorists think of distracted driving, they think of a person talking or texting on a phone. Studies have shown though, there are numerous other common behaviors drivers engage in that can be equally as distracting as cellphone use.

The New York Car Accident Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices explain a new study has shown eating or drinking while driving can be more distracting than texting or talking while operating a vehicle. Reports indicate that, despite the dangers the behavior presents, some fast food chains are using special containers that will fit into vehicles cup holders.

According to an article from CBS-New York News, the study was conducted at a British university and examined the reaction times of participants who were operating a driving simulator while trying to eat or drink. Researchers concluded individuals trying to eat had a 44 percent slower reaction time than those who were not, while texting and driving resulted in motorists only having 37 percent slower reaction times.

The team also determined distractions food and drink cause in a vehicle increases the chances of motorists being involved in collisions by as much as 80 percent.

William Mattar’s New York Personal Injury Lawyers recognize the serious risks distracted driving can pose and ask motorists to do their part to keep streets safe by eliminating distractions before driving.