All to emphasize that it is dangerous to get driving after drinking. But eating in a car is certainly not advisable, on the contrary … In America, we have come to an emergency: because if in Italy it may happen to munch on some biscuits or crackers during a trip, on motorways as in city streets there is a bad habit of taking food, without stopping. State Farm Insurance and Allstate Insurance Co. – a major insurance company – has made it known that 57% of its policyholders do not hide that they regularly feed on road sections. A survey commissioned by Exxon raises the share to 70%, and it is emphasized that the same question, asked twenty years ago, had found a positive answer in 58% of cases.
Only the most dangerous radio
We eat a lot, knowing full well that the danger around the corner. Also according to the State Farm Insurance and Allstate Insurance Co., only the tuning of the radio brings worse effects than the consumption of food on the move. In third place in this curious American ranking is turning around to talk to passengers, while only 29% of respondents mentioned the damage caused by the use of mobile phones. Alcohol? Practically: for US drivers, terrified of (frequent) police checks, not a problem. On the other hand, non-alcoholic drinks are great even when traveling.
The NHTSA report
The continuous recommendations of the authorities are not giving great results. The latest case to cause a sensation in the United States, that of a 71-year-old who crashed – fatally – with his van while enjoying a Bratwurst, the typical sausage sandwich of German origin. The final blow came from a report by the powerful National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): as much as 65% of road accidents in the United States would be caused by distracted motorists, who eat or drink. And so the institution has compiled the list of the ten most likely foods and drinks to cause accidents.
In first place, not surprisingly, coffee (American) or cappuccino: on American cars, cup holders / bottle racks / cup holders are no less important than the steering wheel. But as long as it remains in its place, everything is fine, when the glass is taken in hand, the danger is triggered. After coffee there are broths and soups, which in the Anglo-Saxon countries are consumed in the cup: impossible from us, in the heat it is hot chocolate and tea. Third and fourth place for two import passions: tacos and chili. Do not smile in the second case: in America it is easily found, and the danger lies not only in the inconvenience of consumption, which requires a spoon, but in its spiciness: coughs and spasms are lurking … Then a sequence of risks for carnivores: hamburger ( often require two hands), grilled meats (they easily get dirty and grease the steering wheel), fried chicken (watch out for the bones).
The risk of cleanliness
Eighth place for stuffed donuts: cream and jam tend to splash out. Ninth for cans of cola, orange soda, sodas and carbonated drinks in general: we have already seen the reason. To close the bad ten, there are chocolate bars. Because they lose flakes, and to clean or clean the car – according to NHTSA – one gets too distracted. In this sense, better not to be fixed with cleaning.
June 2, 2016 (change May 15, 2018 | 11:02 am)
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