The 10 Absolute Worst Foods to Eat While Driving

Couple eating in car

We’ve all been there; in a hurry, on a long drive, or just caving in to a fierce craving. But let’s all admit there are certain foods that have no business in a car. Not only do they make the interior surfaces of a car insufferable, they also distract us and distracted drivers cause wrecks. In honor of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, we’d like to bring you our list of the Top 10 Worst Foods to Eat While Driving.

Whether they’re staining our interior or sticking to our radio controls, it’s probably best to leave these foods at home.

1. Coffee

Before you close this window in a caffeine-fueled rage, hear us out. We all do it. We know that. But coffee is a hot-hot way to cause some serious damage either to you or in a surprise collision with others. One word – spillage. If you don’t believe us, we recommend you give the movie Hot Coffee a watch. Plus, coffee stains. Duh.

2. Tacos

This is a tough one lest we forget the popularity of fast food taco giants like Taco Bell, or even Jack In the Box. Beyond that St. Louis has so many great taco joints of our own like the tempting drive-thru only Fort Taco on Manchester (Highly recommend. Seriously.) We also highly recommend you save this one until you get home, unless of course you want lettuce and shredded cheese decorating your console like confetti. Didn’t think so.

3. Ice Cream

Ice cream comes with a countdown. T-minus 30 seconds before you have melted sugary goodness all over your car and your fingers. Even faster depending on how deep into the St. Louis summer we are. Set the navigation to Ted Drewes and park.

4. Powdered Donuts

The powdered sugar fallout from these are bad enough when you’re sitting at your desk in a controlled environment, let alone when you’re driving one-handed wearing all black on your way to work with the windows down. What are you thinking, you animal?!

5. Barbeque

St. Louis has some great barbecue, and don’t get us wrong, we love it too. But just don’t.

6. Chili

We’ve all got our cravings. But why tho?

7. French Fries

A questionable choice for this list admittedly. But I can guarantee there are fries wedged somewhere below the seats in my car as we speak and I haven’t eaten fries in the car since 2014. You do the math.

8. Hot Dogs

These delicious little guys are deceptive. They look easy to handle and why wouldn’t they be? They even come with their own little ergonomically perfect delivery bun. The problems arise when the toppings spill over onto your white button up. Call Steve’s Hot Dogs. They deliver.

9. Corn on the Cob

This one requires two hands to be done right and we’re willing to bet you don’t have a new self-driving car from Google.

10. Pizza

To eat pizza in the car is to deny pizza the sit down and eat enjoyment it deserves. On top of that, the red sauce goes everywhere, the cheese is all over your chin and there’s grease on the steering wheel. Trust us, Imo’s is best at a table with friends.