Can I Eat or Smoke Whist Driving?
I think most drivers would admit to eating or smoking while driving and although it’s not illegal to smoke or eat while driving it certainly isn’t a safe thing to do. I once saw a man driving down a the motorway with a McDonald’s burger in one hand, and a can of cola in the other. He was clearly not in full control of the vehicle and a near miss with another car confirmed this.
if you present a significant danger while eating on the move, the Police could prosecute you for careless driving if they consider you not in proper control of the vehicle. A driving instructor in the north west of England was recently charged with careless driving after being spotted eating a bowl of porridge whilst driving to his next driving lesson. Wowzers!… he should know better really!
A study by Leeds University found that motorists who ate while driving were actually 44% slower than usual.
Can I Smoke and drive?
Smoking at the wheel is not an offence but if it leads to careless driving (and I easily could) then it could land you in trouble with the Police. In fact, if lighting your cigarette reduces your focus on the road it could go beyond careless driving and escalate to a charge of dangerous driving.
Is it safe to eat while stuck in a traffic jam?
So you’re stuck in a traffic jam, you missed lunch and your stomach feels like your throat has been cut. Ooooh you realise you have a banana in the glove box. You apply the handbrake, slip it into neural and begin to enjoy your snack. Sound familiar? Well, A motorist has been fined £145 and given three penalty points after she was caught eating a banana behind the wheel of her car when she was stuck in a traffic jam.
Drivers Who Are Distracted Are A Police Target
The police are aware that distracted drivers can cause major road accidents. Speed cameras are often used to capture images of motorists eating or drinking while driving. One recent report involved an 18 year old student who lost control of her car while eating and texting on a mobile phone while driving. It is too easy for road traffic police to spot distracted drivers, and speed cameras will help supply evidence gathering. According to the police, drinking and driving at the wheel is as serious a distraction as driving under the influence of alcohol. So if you want to be safe save your munchies until you get home.