(Series: 10 Dangerous Practices to Avoid While Driving)
Eating some chips or a piece of fruit may not cause an accident for most people as long as retrieving the food does not mean grabbing for something out of reach. However, if your teen is inexperienced or has a learning disability, the risk of a crash increases almost 3X over those who did not eat.
The distraction could happen when they tip up the bag to get the last chip crumbs. It might be if sauce drips on their shirt or pants, and their eyes are diverted from the road as they grab a napkin to wipe up the mess. Moments such as these can be the difference between life and death.
Help your inexperienced driver(s) to drive safely. Discourage them from eating while driving.