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The United States is a car-centric culture, and for many, that frequently entails in-auto dining.

In a 2004 New Yorker article on SUVs and auto safety, writer Malcolm Gladwell interviewed French-born cultural anthropologist, G. Clotaire Rapaille who opined,

“And what was the key element of safety when you were a child? It was that your mother fed you, and there was warm liquid. That’s why cupholders are absolutely crucial for safety. If there is a car that has no cupholder, it is not safe. If I can put my coffee there, if I can have my food, if everything is round, if it’s soft, and if I’m high, then I feel safe. It’s amazing that intelligent, educated women will look at a car and the first thing they will look at is how many cupholders it has.”

But mostly, we’re just too hungry and swamped to stop and eat a proper meal. Et vous?