10 Worst Foods and Drinks to Consume While Driving

If you think your cell phone, children or financial worries distract you while you’re driving, that’s nothing compared to the dangers from the cup of hot coffee sitting in the drink holder. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found 80% of crashes and 65% of near-crashes involve driver distraction — and food is right up there as a leading distraction. Insurance.com, a Cleveland-based online auto insurance agency, has identified the 10 worst foods and drinks to consume while you’re behind the wheel:

Coffee
Even with a travel lid, hot coffee can find its way out of the opening when hitting a bump.

Hot soup
Many people drink soup just like they would drink a cup of coffee — and run similar risks.

Tacos
These can disassemble and leave your car’s interior looking like a salad bar.

Chili dogs
There is a huge potential for drips and slops down clothing.

Hamburgers
The grease and the toppings could end up on your hands and clothing.

Ribs and wings
Because they are so greasy, it’s tempting to take your hands off the wheel and lick your fingers.

Fried chicken
Just like ribs and wings, there is the potential for greasy fingers.

Jelly donuts
If the jelly oozes out, it makes a mess.

Soda
In addition to it fizzing in your nose, those lids can leak.

Chocolate
If it melts in your the hands, it can make the steering wheel slippery.

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