Radar signs. Speed Displays. Speedcheck signs – what ever you prefer to call them, these ubiquitous traffic monitoring and feedback devices work. Study after study has shown that radar signs are highly effective at slowing traffic – even years after they’ve been installed.
And we know why they are so effective. They have a way of reminding drivers to check their speedometer and compare their own speed to the posted limit – and that is usually enough to do the trick.
So what does this have to do with burgers?
Well, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a whopping 80% of all car accidents and 65% of near misses are caused by distracted drivers. As it turns out, eating is one of the biggest causes of distraction-related accidents there is – more than changing stations, more than talking, even more than texting. And it’s radar signs that break that distraction pattern and get driver attentions focused back on the job at hand – safe driving.
In their study, the NHTSA put together a list of the top 10 worst foods (and drinks) to eat or drink while driving. From least worse to very worse they are:
10. Chocolate: Ever drop a melting candy bar in your lap?
9. Pop: Try driving when your soda goes down the wrong pipe or out your nose!
8. Donuts with filling: You never know where that jelly is going to squirt.
7. Fried Chicken: Can you say, “Hot!”
6. Barbecue: They don’t teach a course in how to keep the sauce of your shirt, do they?
5. Hamburgers: Especially the juicy ones.
4. Chili. Chili: Work clothes – meeting after lunch. You get the rest.
3. Tacos: Doesn’t look much different than Chili when it falls on your shirt.
2. Soup: I guess there’s a lot of people that eat soup while they drive – or drink it, and that can be as hazardous as #1 on the list…
1. Hot coffee: A painful distraction just one loose cup lid away.