If you're sipping on a latte as you drive to work, you're as much of a danger as the person who's texting while driving, at least that's what a new study says.
Drinking that coffee and downing that doughnut are both a danger, according to a new study by Lytx, a leader in video-based driver-safety technology.
"So, we found out that drinking and eating while you're driving is just as distracting as having that cell phone in your hand," Spokesman Greg Lund said.
Lund says if you add that to poor driving habits, you're really a liability.
"We find that there are behaviors that are present that make people more likely to have a crash. Let's say you are eating and drinking and you also follow too closely. Well that goes up from 3.6 times more likely to have an accident to a good deal higher -- because you combine behaviors. And if you would combine sleep into that, lack of sleep, that would certainly elevate that even more," Lund said.
The bottom line during National Safety Month is "we just need to cut out the distractions and concentrate on driving," he said.