It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 30 years since it was mandatory for car passengers to wear a seatbelt. It’s even harder to believe that such a task—one that is undoubtedly simple and effective—needed to be enforced as a law. Today, there are several laws which have actually kept up with the times, e.g. the use of texting on a phone while driving leading to fines. However, there is a grey area—things that an average driver could do while driving that can be potentially dangerous but isn’t illegal. Here are three things that drivers may no longer be able to do in the near future:
Maybe you were just hungry and couldn’t wait so you decided to dip into your dinner on the way home. Though definitely not illegal, eating while driving seems just as hazardous as texting—not only do both split your attention, both also require the use of one hand.
Another activity just as distracting as eating while driving is applying make-up. There are hundreds of thousands of car crashes every year because of people putting on make-up.
The last activity is a bit more obscure, which is driving barefoot. While not on the same level as the previous two, driving barefoot makes it more difficult to control the pedal (for some).
So while these things aren’t currently considered illegal now, they may be in the future.