Posted on: 10/04/2014
When we're driving long journeys, we need to eat the right things, in the right way.
It's important to note that you should not eat while driving. It can be just as dangerous and distracting as talking on a mobile phone. Eating and driving may not be a specific offense, but the police can prosecute drivers for not using due care and attention if their driving is affected by eating at the wheel.
Here are some dos and don'ts of what to eat when driving long distances:
DO take regular stops every two hours to have a snack: This is a very good way to avoid fatigue: When you stop, try to eat small amounts as they are more easily digested than large meals.
DON'T eat large meals: Large meals, especially ones that contain a lot of fat such as in chips and burgers, require much more effort from your stomach. This takes blood away from other parts of your body, which results in the tired feeling you experience after a large meal.
DO go lighter: Lighter foods such as salads, fruit and fish are a much wiser choice, as well as being healthier than fried foods. Eat slowly and give your body time to digest the food, so no quick pit-stops.
DON'T be fooled into thinking chocolate is good for an energy boost: The problem with sweets and chocolates is that they offer a quick rush of energy that won’t last long and leave you feeling much the same as before.
DO eat breakfast: A good breakfast is the foundation to any day and this works for driving too. Give the full fry up a miss and head for cereal, yoghurt and fruit instead. Fruit is full of natural sugars that release energy slowly over a long period, which is ideal for staying alert when driving. Bananas, apples, oranges and blueberries are all excellent choices.
DO top up on caffeine: Caffeine is a tried and tested way to boost alertness when driving, but plan ahead and drink a coffee about 15 minutes before driving again. This gives the caffeine time to get into your system. However, don’t rely on coffee or energy drinks if you’re already tired as a proper break and sleep are the safest options to refresh you.
For more top tips on driving safely and general advice, keep an eye on Recycle Motors' blog, updated every week.
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