Thursday, September 15, 2005

Behind-the-wheel dining is not as risky as it seems

It is hard to see how eating while driving is a good thing for safety, but it is common ...

"Mitch Bocook spends most of his day on the road in Palm Beach County, Fla., one eye on the clock and no time to brake for lunch. Sit down at a restaurant? That might put him behind schedule. Pull up to a drive-through? He'd rather keep driving.

Bocook is a dashboard diner, one of a growing number of drivers who eat in their cars on a regular basis. Studies on driver distractions estimate that as many as 75 percent of motorists eat behind the wheel, although this habit was found more likely to leave messy stains on their shirts than cause traffic crashes.

A car or truck is no longer just a means to get around. Automakers are adding ergonomically designed cup holders, more storage space and spill-resistant upholstery. Center consoles double as makeshift tables. Fast-food chains are repackaging meals to make them easier to eat on the run."   continued ...   (Via

Eating In Car - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Right, not a distraction.

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