Eating in your car is very common and practically built and designed into the car itself, courtesy of the many cupholders available everywhere, but is it really a good idea in the first place? Well, the answer is an expected no, but why is that?
Think of it from a general point of view. There aren’t many people who clean their car thoroughly, in the form of using products on the dashboard, steering wheel, shift knob, and others. They just wipe it a little with a rag with some window cleaner and call it a day. If you are using special products that actually help the plastic and get into the smallest nooks and crannies of your dashboard, then kudos to you, but you are rare.
As such, if you eat in the car, all you will manage to do is spread grease and muck around the entire dashboard. If you are using utensils to eat your food, the risk of some of it dropping on the seats or carpet is still present, and you don’t want sauce stains on your seats. So, it’s better to just eat outside the car from this point of view.
On the other hand, there’s also the smell of food. Just like cigarette smoke can impregnate itself into the whole car, so can happen with food that you eat on a regular basis that’s also moderately smelly. That’s harder to deal with and climbing into a car and smelling junk food as soon as you open the door isn’t the most pleasant experience out there.
Also, some people are mad enough to eat and drive at the same time. Please don’t eat and drive at the same time. That’s dangerous. Just don’t eat in the car, unless you have no choice.