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It is not uncommon for those that come to see us here at Jones, Johnston & White, P.C. to express surprise at the prevalence of distracted driving on Lynchburg’s roads. Like them, you might assume that distracted driving refers specifically to people using their cell phones while behind the wheel (as that is an issue over which awareness has increased dramatically in recent years). Yet there is another form of distracted driving that may be even more common and yet can be equally as dangerous: eating while driving.

It may come as a shock to you to hear eating while driving described as a form of distraction. Eating, after all, seems like such a natural action. Yet doing it behind the wheel requires that one remove at least one hand from the steering wheel, and that they divert both their eyes and attention away from the road. Just as happens with texting or talking on a cell phone, some might argue that these actions are only momentary. Yet just as is the case with using a cell phone, a momentary distraction to take a bite of food or a sip of drink may be all that is needed to cause one to lose control of their vehicle or misjudge their place on the road (or the distance between themselves and other vehicles).

Just how dangerous can eating while driving be? Information shared in a collaborative awareness effort between the Auto Alliance and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons shows that those who eat behind the wheel are 3.6 times more likely to be involved in an accident.

You can learn more about spotting the signs of distracted driving by continuing to explore our site.