Avoid eating and drinking while driving

March 6, 2018

Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is urging drivers to avoid eating and drinking while at the wheel because it is a distraction estimated to double a driver’s risk of being involved in a crash.

In addition, it’s an offence punishable either by fixed penalty ticket or under careless driving legislation.

GEM road safety officer Neil Worth said: “The Highway Code tells us that we must avoid distractions such as eating and drinking when we are driving. That’s because anything that takes our attention away from the driving task will increase our risk of collision. However, too many drivers don’t see it as a problem to unwrap a pasty, sip a scalding hot coffee or glug from a large juice carton on a journey.

“Driving is a complex enough task already. So, trying to do anything else at the same time just makes the journey riskier because we’re not fully focused on the driving task. If something then goes wrong, we’re likely to react more slowly because our attention is elsewhere – and when we do react, there’s the food item or beverage to deal with, too.

“Good, experienced drivers accept that eating and drinking at the wheel are dangerous, so they won’t allow these distractions to compromise safety.”

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