We all know that using a mobile phones in vehicles is both
dangerous and illegal. My Compensationrecently published a blog post on the subject
whereby we also looked at texting and driving. While mobile phones
and the use thereof is extremely commonplace in everyday life (and
so easily highlightable as a danger while driving) what about other
activities? Eating and driving is a commonly-overlooked part of the
life of a motorist. Earlier on this year, research displayed some
rather shocking statistics regarding the subject.
How Dangerous is Eating Food While Driving Your
As is often the case, especially with figures which can be
varied and inconclusive such as those from vehicle crashes which
happened on our roads, the statistical data depends on where you
look. However, some figures published by The Telegraph earlier on
this year Illustrated the fact that reaction times dropped by some
44% if drivers were indulging in a snack. Whilst sipping on a
beverage, drivers reaction times were reduced by 22% and they were
18% more likely to demonstrate poor control over road lane
The legal limit of drinking alcohol slows reaction times by over
12% while sending a text message and driving has been measured at
some 37%. Interestingly, and contrary to popular belief, having a
conversation via mobile phone on a hands-free kits will still lower
your concentration levels by some 26%. Across the pond in the US, a
study back in 2009 suggested that 80% of crashes happening on the
roads were as a result of people eating. While this data is now
somewhat out of date, it's interesting nonetheless.
The Recent Statistics at a Glance
While eating, reaction speed is lowered by 44%
While drinking, reaction speed is lowered by 22%
You are 20% more likely to experience bad control over the
At the legal alcohol limit, reaction speed is lowered by
Whilst texting, reaction speed is lowered by over 37%
While talking on hands-free, your reaction speed is lowered by
What Can We Learn from This Data?
There is a fairly good spread of statistical evidence of how
much your reaction speed is lowered when engaging in these
activities, and the comparisons really put the dangers of eating
and driving into context. Here at My Compensation,
it certainly surprised us that eating food was by far the biggest
culprit as it's one of the least discussed with regards to
taking your attention off the road and potentially causing an
accidental collision. As we discussed in the blog over the past few
weeks, the number of deaths on our roads has increased for the
first time in a very long time. We hope you keep this information
in reaction speed drops in mind when travelling in the future.
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