Eating while driving, a dangerous mix

By Holley Nees - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Eating is no-no while driving, but a lot of us do it anyway. However, there are some foods that are more distracting to eat when you are on the road. A jelly donut can get messy anytime, but eating one while you're driving is just downright dangerous.

"I've done it, I guess, all the time," said driver Larry Hinsely. "I'm usually very careful. I try to not be distracted, but truth of the matter is, it probably does distract you."

But, are some foods actually more distracting than others?

"I think anything that you have to dip into or with a spoon or anything like that would probably be more distracting," said Hinsely.

"Stuff that requires silverware obviously is more distracting than something that you just, you know, hold it an eat from like a stick or something," said driver Tina Poage.

"Tacos or egg rolls or just any number of things, you're dropping them all the time then you look for them," driver Jenese Groth said.

"Chili cheese coneys is definitely a no-no so maybe a hamburger, and I ask that they cut it in half for me," driver Sonya Olivares said.

"Like hamburgers, that would be hard to eat and drive I would think," said driver Cheryl Hildebrand.

Hildebrand is right, hamburgers do make's top ten list of distracting foods, along with coffee, hot soup, tacos, chili, barbecued food, fried chicken, jelly or cream-filled donuts, soft drinks, and chocolate.

"Driving requires seeing, listening, looking and using the hands and feet all at once and you throw in other activities and it's just a distraction that we could really do without," said Lufkin Police Department Lt. David Young.

"Oh, I don't eat and drive because I'm afraid someone would run over you or something," Hildebrand said. "There's too much going on."

However, for some, it's just hard to avoid taking a bite behind the wheel.

"I'm probably still going to do it," Hinsely said.

Just remember to be careful out there. It's not against the law to eat and drive, but police said to just be safe and pull over to munch.

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