Don’t Eat and Drive
When Honda launched the 2014 Odyssey minivan, its top trim level included something that was an ideal tool for a family hauler—especially when that family included those who were partial to things like Cheerios and Goldfish crackers: a built-in vacuum cleaner.
The original 2014 Honda Odyssey built-in vacuum. (Image: Honda)
However, according to a just-released survey from Insure.com, that vacuum (which has continued and gone over to other marques, as well) might be more important to the people behind the wheel, because there is a lot of eating going on by drivers.
Asked about eating frequency, the respondents said:
- Only on trips an hour or more—42%
- Once or twice a week—28%
- Once or twice a day—8%
- More than twice a week—8%
And those claiming “never”? 14%. Sure.
As for the food form factor:
- I will only eat foods that I like that are easy to handle while driving—48%
- I just get what’s convenient that I like to eat—21%
- I take into account how hard it will be to handle the food while also driving, but generally get whatever I feel like eating regardless—17%
- I never drive and eat—13%
A couple of observations. (1) What happened to the 1% who claimed “never” in the question about frequency? Did they get hungry? (2) As for those who take into account the difficulty of handling the food, isn’t that a rationalization that they simply dismiss and get the Whopper, anyway?
Speaking of rationales:
- I have a long commute—24%
- I like to save time, so I have more time at my destination—20%
- I really don’t enjoy it, but it’s convenient so I do it—19%
- I am always rushing and don’t have time to eat at home or a restaurant—18%
- I never drive and eat—17%
- I rarely cook—3%
Again, the never-drive-and-eat number changes. But what is more concerning are those who don’t like it but do it anyway (will they starve if they wait until they’re not driving?) and those who are “always rushing”—somehow it doesn’t seem likely that these are going to be particularly good drivers.
And as for the cuisine choices:
- Granola or energy bar — 17%
- French fries — 14%
- Potato chips — 11%
- Candy bars — 9%
- Hamburgers — 6%
- Chicken nuggets — 5%
- Pizza — 5%
- Doughnut — 4%
- Fresh fruit — 4%
- Breakfast sandwich — 4%
- Sandwich or sub — 3%
- Wrap — 3%
- Hot dog — 2%
- Burrito — 2%
- Bagel — 2%
- Muffin — 1%
- Ice cream cone — 1%
- Taco — 1%
- Yogurt — 1%
The folks from Insure.com point out that according to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association said that distracted driving—which certainly eating a taco while driving qualifies as a cause—led to 2,841 deaths in 2018.
Don’t eat and drive.