And you thought talking on your cell phone was distracting! Turns out that
eating while driving can be riskier than being intoxicated. Researchers
at the University of Leeds found that eating behind the wheel raised the
level of impairment to equal the amount of driving skill impairment as
though the driver had a blood alcohol level of .08.
A person with a blood alcohol level of .08 experiences a delayed reaction
time of roughly 12.5 percent. A person gulping down a beverage while driving
has 22 percent impairment. The report states that motorists who eat and
drink while they drive are just as impaired as those who have had a few
drinks. Of course, you can put that soda down and immediately be a sober
and alert driver. But this study is a sobering reminder of the dangers
of driving while distracted on the road. Be careful out there.