Eating & Driving

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When you stop to get fast food, it’s so easy to reach into your bag and eat a couple of french fries or take a bite out of that jelly donut, but that decision could also cause you to pay more for your car insurance.

The leading car insurance agencies have released a list of “The 10 Most Dangerous Foods You Shouldn’t Eat While Driving.”

Coming in at number one, that morning jolt that most of us need to start our day…coffee.

“You can spill on yourself and then react because you got hurt. Then you wreck your car, ” says Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department’s Vicki Whitacre.

Some other foods on the list that stand out are tacos, hamburgers, and even chocolate.

“It’s distracting and possibly more distracting even than your cell phone, except texting, ” says Whitacre.

Whitacre says it’s better to pull off to the side to eat or stay in the parking lot if you’re looking to get food from the Drive-Thru, but Whitacre says if you do decide to eat and drive, make sure you have the food or drink mostly covered to prevent spills and a greasy or sticky steering wheel.