Drive-through, fast-food restaurants have taught Americans how to steer with their knees. But downing tacos and coffee while behind the wheel can be more life-threatening than shark hunting without a boat. Surveys by insurance companies and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found the 10 most dangerous foods to eat while driving. Kate Forgach, www.freeshipping.org/blog
Chocolate melts in your hand and your mouth. The soft chocolate is oily and leaves dark stains on everything you touch.
9. Soft drinks
Driving while drinking leads to spills and chills. Any sudden movement can send your cup flying, leading to sudden movements as we try to grab it before it becomes a sticky, sodden mess.
8. Jelly-filled doughnuts
It's impossible to eat a jelly doughnut without some of the center oozing out. If you can make it to work without dipping into the dirty dozen you're a better man than I am, Gunga Din.
7. Fried chicken
Grease, grease, grease. Need I say more?
6. Barbecued food
My brother James claims he ate a half-rack of ribs while driving. Wish I had a video of that.
Grease, ketchup, mustard and special sauce make a goopy mess out of your car and your driving abilities.
The potential for drips and slops down the front of clothing is significant.
Difficult enough to eat when motionless, food that disassembles itself into a tossed salad should never be consumed while in any form of motion.
2. Hot soup
Many people drink it like coffee. Go figure.
The woman who sued McDonald's for actually heating her coffee learned just how dangerous it is to steer while drinking a hot liquid.