Who enjoys a morning cup of Joe on their way to work? You pull into your favorite fast food place and get your cheap, piping hot cup of coffee. Well, you are participating in distracted driving.
Coffee is one of the most dangerous food or drink items while you are driving. Just think about the 79-year-old woman who suffered third-degree burns in her pelvic region when she spilled hot coffee on her lap after purchasing it from a McDonald’s.
What is more distracting than suffering third-degree burns while driving? That is like trying to drive with a newly broken leg. The pain itself is so distracting that it would be extremely difficult for anyone to remain focused on the road.
Spilling coffee, chocolate, jelly from a donut, and more causes you to mentally and physically look away from the road to evaluate the mess that is on your clothes or seats. You do not want a huge mess on your clothes, so now you are frustrated and stressed. Or maybe a piece of chocolate breaks off and falls between your seat and it is the middle of summer. You do not want it to melt between your seats, so now you are driving with your knees, trying to find the piece of chocolate between your seats.
Driving while eating and drinking is risky and can cause an accident due to you being physically and mentally distracted. Enjoy your meal by pulling over instead of trying to eat it as fast as possible. Eating too fast can lead to stomach aches, bloating, and poor digestion. Take care of your body and eat slowly.
When both hands are not on the wheel, you cannot control the vehicle as well, and turning becomes sloppy. For your safety and the safety of those around you, wait until you reach your destination or eat at the restaurant if on a trip. If you need to save time on a trip and cannot stop, switch drivers so that you can eat while someone else drives.
Nothing is worse than getting into an accident that could have been prevented. Pekin Insurance is working to keep drivers informed about distracted driving with the campaign Focus to the Finish. To find out more information about distracted dirving visit www.focus2thefinsih.com and meet our mascot, Tripp! We want to make sure you are getting to your destination safely.