What’s the Deal with Food and Cars?

I have a friend who refuses to let anyone eat in his truck, he doesn’t even like people to drink water in his vehicle.  I have another friend who sees the footwell of the passenger side as the waste bin, tossing in fast food wrappers, receipts, cans, cups and straws, and the list goes on.  I’m not a particularly messy person, but if you get into my car these days, there’s a reasonable chance that you’ll be putting your foot on top of an empty bag, cup, or straw sleeve.

When I first brought my new car home, I did everything I could to keep it spotless, inside and out.  Yet somehow, at a point in time I cannot recall, my museum-clean car turned into a back-alley dumpster.  Just how does this change happen?

Do you eat in your car?  Do you allow “clean” foods like carrots or celery, or maybe a well-wrapped burrito, but draw the line at crumbly bits like cookies, crackers, or the worst of all – powdered donuts?  One could say that if you allow any eating in your car, you’re flirting with disaster.  One bad spill of the wrong thing and the resale value goes down the drain.  However, I suspect that the majority of you are willing to take a chance and at least have a cup of coffee once in a while.

Eating in cars has been a thing since families went on cross-country trips, since the invention of drive-in restaurants.  Cars have evolved from mostly metal and basic fabrics, with no accoutrements for handling food stuffs, to highly synthetic materials with heated and cooled seats while brandishing an arsenal of cup holders and mini-table elbow rests to accommodate our ever-expanding waist lines.

It is an oddity that while on one hand it has become easier to manage food in a vehicle, and on the other, nearly impossible to clean them.  Maybe the next iteration of vehicle selections will include options for eaters and non-eaters, who knows.  Until then, I’ll continue to perform my monthly ritual of hosing down the weather mats from the latest spilled milk incident, and my buddy with the truck will continue his regular passenger pat-downs.

Happy driving and … bon appetite?

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