Thursday, June 19, 2014

Distracted driving: Eating, drinking behind the wheel

From: KUSA

When's the last time you went through the drive-thru? You know you're not supposed to text and drive, but what about eating behind the wheel?

A new study released by Lytx Data shows eating or drinking while driving is almost as dangerous as texting or using your cell phone in the pilot's chair.

The numbers show a person with a food or drink distraction is 3.6 times more likely to be in an accident than those who don't drink or eat behind the wheel compared to a distracted driver on a hands-free phone who is 4.6 times more likely to be in a crash. A distracted driver using a smartphone or tablet is 4.7 times more likely to be involved in a collision.

Del Lisk is the vice president of safety services for Lytx. He says he sees people eating while driving almost every day, but the data shows it really isn't worth it.

"We know that distracted driving is a significant factor in vehicle collisions, and our predictive analytics show that distractions such as eating and drinking or smartphones and tablets are among the leading causes of collisions," Lisk said.