- Order at a fast-food or fast-casual restaurant: 45 percent
- Bring food from home: 42 percent
- Buy snacks at a convenience store: 15 percent
What makes good road food?Overwhelmingly, road-food warriors say it has to be able to be consumed one-handed. Sixty-four percent of drivers said the single most important trait of good road food is one-handedness. Minimal crumbs and drips were a distant second and third, respectively. Very last on the list? Healthfulness.
Ask a road warriorSome prefer grapes and granola brought from their own kitchens, and others a big bag of Doritos from the 7-Eleven. But for 18 percent of drivers in our survey, the drive-thru is a way of life. Regular indulgers described themselves this way:
- 37 percent -- Instant gratifier: Mostly I eat because I can't wait to get home.
- 27 percent -- Road warrior: I eat a lot of meals behind the wheel, and I'm good at it.
- 22 percent -- Bored on a long trip: Snacks help pass the time
- 14 percent -- Desperate but hungry: If I didn't eat while driving, I would wind up skipping a lot of meals.
The 65-mph dietWe applaud the discipline of those ignore the drive-thru in favor of a hot, nutritious meal served at a table and eaten with a knife and fork. What's their secret?
- 53% said they avoided road food because it was unsafe.
- 36% said they said they could wait a little longer to eat.
- 11% didn't want to get their cars dirty.