Who hasn't partaken of a little dining while on the road? While the best bet is keeping your hands at ten and two with no interstate munching, at minimum avoid these accident-prone foods.
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Insurance companies are interested in the things that make people go crash, boom, and oops-I-totaled-my-car. While rapid changes in the weather and treacherous driving conditions might lead to some accidents, it turns out a significant number of accidents are self-inflicted as people lose control of their cars thanks spills and other food-related mishaps.
Wired offers a humorous interpretation of the top ten offenders:
1. Coffee. It's hot. It can spill. That's bad. That said, we're guilty of this. So are you. Admit it. 2. Hot soup. It's hot. It can spill. That's bad. 3. Tacos. Very messy. 4. Chili. It's hot. It can spill. That's bad. And it's very messy. 5. Hamburgers. Greasy hands and a steering wheel do not mix. 6. Barbecued food. Um, that should go without saying. 7. Fried chicken. You think burgers are greasy? 8. Jelly or cream-filled donuts. Ever bitten into one and not had it squirt all over the place? 9. Soft drinks. Big threat of spillage, says Insurance.com, and unacceptable risk of "fizz up your nose". Huh? 10. Chocolate. It melts on your fingers, which makes a mess on the steering wheel.
You might be saying "No burgers? No coffee? Geez you might as well just not eat in the car!", which is what the insurance companies that compiled the list are in fact urging you to do.
If you must absolutely grab a bite while driving, we'd urge you to choose foods that lend themselves more to "Oh (#%* I stained my pants!" and not "Oh dear #(!%^*$ God the burning!"