Have you ever noticed that if you don’t eat on time, you get cranky? Combine that condition with getting behind the wheel and you will realize that it isn’t the best state to be in when you are driving. Drivers who haven’t properly nourished their appetite are more likely to be angry and rash- a problem for both the driver and other people on the road.
However, it isn’t only about being angry and rash. There are other problems associated with skipping meals that can have a bad effect on your ability to drive well. According to experts, skipping breakfast leads to low energy levels and raises blood sugar, leading to slower reactions and the inability to properly assess situations. Next time you are running late for work and get behind the wheel without breakfast, think again!
It’s often said that a good dinner can help you forgive just about anybody. The same goes for all meals, breakfast and dinner being the most important. If you are properly nourished and have eaten a balanced meal, you are more likely to be in better spirits. Better spirits means a more relaxing driving experience for both you and other drivers.
You are what you eat
It isn’t only about eating, so don’t try to pick up a quarter pounder on the way and expect it to work its magic. Yes, it may help ease hunger but eating the wrong type of food increases fatigue and the ability to cope with sudden situations. Moreover, if you are a caffeine addict or rely on coffee to wake you up in the morning, this isn’t a surefire way to get your energy soaring.
Eating a healthy balanced meal and ensuring you sleep well is the only way to make sure you have a productive day rampaging with energy. The wrong food causes lethargy, fatigue, and irritates a driver, making it dangerous for everyone on the road.
No big lunches
Most of us love to have large lunches and fill ourselves up. However, it is essential to put in the right food as it acts as fuel for a human. Putting the incorrect fuel into a car can cause major problems and the same holds true for the human body. If you are hungry in between breakfast and lunch, take a small 100-200 calorie snack to whet your appetite.
Avoid going for a heavy lunch as it will make you lethargic and drowsy behind the wheel, definitely dangerous as it can lead to an accident.
What to eat
For optimal moods and energy, it is best to stick to whole grains, consume low-fat dairy products, and opt for fruits and vegetables. Drivers should also consider having lean meats and stick to low-calorie fruit and oat snacks. A high level of nutrients and low calories boost concentration.
Following these tips and tricks will make you more comfortable behind the wheel and help you enjoy the drive rather than being aggravated while steering the wheel. It also helps you remain alert and concentrate so that you and other drivers can always be safe on the road.
As usual, safe driving!