Is eating and driving illegal?

I’ll be moving across the country and plan to drive. I’m not going to make many stops, so I’ll probably pack all my meals and multitask while driving. Is it illegal to eat while driving?

Tiffany Leung · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Good luck with your move!
In regard to your question, eating and driving is not illegal. There is no specific law that prohibits it. However, a police officer can still pull you over for inattentive driving.
Inattentive driving refers to performing any activity that would take your attention off the road, whether cognitively, visually, or manually. While eating, you can run into all sorts of issues in all three categories. For example:
Cognitive — Sauce could drip and you could be distracted while wiping up the sauce.Visual — You would need to take your eyes off the road to get your food/drink. Manual — Holding your food would mean taking your hand off the steering wheel.
Rather than trying to get to your destination ASAP, it would be much safer for you to take breaks for your meals instead. In addition to eating, use breaks to stretch and prevent straining your arms and legs.
Take note that each state will have different distracted driving laws, as well, so it is important to familiarize yourself with the laws of the states you will be driving through.
Since you will be moving to another state, you will also need to update your car insurance. You can also take this opportunity to find
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