Eating and drinking behind the wheel is not actually against the law, but it can be a distraction to the driver, therefore it can be classed as careless driving – which can result in a fine of up to £100 and three penalty points on your licence.
Distracted driving is one of the most dangerous behaviours that police are aiming to prevent, for even a short disruption to your concentration when driving can have serious consequences, not just for you but other road users. Studies reveal that drivers who eat or drink while driving are 3.6 times more likely to be in an accident than their more attentive counterparts.
Before deciding to eat or drink when you are driving, ask yourself “can it not wait until I have arrived at my destination?” If you are extremely hungry or thirsty, it would be wise to find a safe place to pull over and do so there.
Safe driving from Brittania!