Candy Bars, Fries Top Survey of Best Foods To Eat While Driving


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  • Candy bars, French fries and potato chips top the foods drivers like to nibble at the wheel, according to a new Insure.com survey of the best foods to eat while driving.
  • Pizza, soup and spaghetti were listed as some of the most dangerous foods to eat while driving.
  • McDonald's ranked highest among those surveyed for "road-friendly food."

FOSTER CITY, California — Candy bars, French fries and potato chips top the foods drivers like to nibble at the wheel, according to a new Insure.com survey of the best foods to eat while driving.

Pizza, soup and spaghetti were listed as some of the most dangerous foods to eat while driving.

Pizza apparently brought down Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson early Tuesday as he was returning home from watching Monday Night Football. He was distracted when the pie fell off his front seat, causing him to crash his 2009 GMC Yukon into a concrete dividing wall on a Michigan expressway, according to media reports. He broke his arm in two places in the single-car accident. It's not clear if he was eating the pizza at the time of the crash.

Burleson's blunder coincides with Insure.com's survey that reveals pizza is the worst one-handed food to consume while driving, while a candy bar is the best driver-friendly snack. The candy bar also took awards for tastiest treat and was applauded for not leave a lingering smell in the car.

While laws prohibit texting and phone use, eating while driving is still allowed.

Also on the list of best foods to eat while driving are chicken nuggets, doughnuts, fresh fruit, hamburgers and breakfast sandwiches.

The sloppiest foods to eat while driving are soup, spaghetti, ribs, pizza and salad.

"Any food that can gush its components, like sandwiches or tacos, proved undesirable," said Amy Danise, editorial director of Insure.com, in a statement.

Drivers have favorite restaurant chains when it comes to scooping up car food, the survey showed. McDonald's scored a resounding victory with 31 percent of the vote, followed by Dunkin' Donuts with 11 percent and Wendy's at 7 percent, a score also shared by Starbucks and "other."

Insure.com surveyed 1,500 licensed drivers age 25 and older online in July 2013.

Edmunds says: Cars have become America's new living room, stocked with favorite snacks. But choose wisely.

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