Drinking and eating while driving doubles the likelihood of having a car crash. Drivers caught drinking and eating at the wheel could be convicted of driving without due care and attention (CD10).
The Dangers of Drinking and Eating While Driving
Drinking and eating at the wheel can cause a mental overload that diminishes the ability to deal with other events on the road. Drive4Life found that the number of crashes actually doubled with drivers who were eating and drinking while driving. Many drivers may view drinking and eating while driving as a fairly inconsequential act but it can easily lead to serious road traffic accidents. Driving without due care and attention (CD10) may be the minimum offence applied if a serious road traffic accident occurs. Around 53% of 3000 drivers surveyed admitted to consuming food and drink while driving.
Consequences of Drinking and Eating While Driving
Serious consequences for the perceived minor act of drinking and eating while driving can include-
a) Three to nine Penalty Points applied to a licence and a fine
b) Higher insurance premiums; as much as 40% higher than normal
c) Applied points could total enough for a driving disqualification
d) Lack of concentration can lead to very serious road accidents and increased penalty points and fines
e) Conviction of offences can often lead to the driver losing their job
Distracted drivers have been know to cause serious accidents including the deaths of other road users
Drinking and eating while driving may seem like a minor offence but this act can have serious consequences for drivers and road users. Not only can this act lead to convictions and higher insurance premiums but distractions can lead to the lives of other drivers being changed forever. Drivers should take the precaution of drinking and eating only at rest stops or in parking areas.