Health on the road

Professional drivers spend much of their lives on the road, which makes their eating habits particularly important. When eating away from home you must still follow a varied and balanced diet. Therefore, it is important to know how what we eat affects driving. In these cases, some simple recommendations are:

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Professional transportation

What to eat away from home

Professional drivers must follow a varied and balanced diet, following the recommendations of a healthy diet.

  • Choose fresh fruit as dessert
  • Alternate the consumption of meat and fish
  • Eat legumes and vegetables (raw and cooked)
  • Limit the consumption of sausages, industrial bakery products and fatty meats
  • Take advantage of seasonal foods
  • Choose different forms of cooking (steaming, grilling, stewing, roasting, frying, etc.) and avoid abusing a single method of preparation
  • Choose healthy fats for dressing, such as olive oil, and do not add more salt to prepared dishes.
  • Do not overdo portion sizes. During working hours, avoid eating large meals with high fat contents, since large meals naturally cause a decrease in attention spans and sleepiness in the following hours.
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Night driving

Visual acuity and fatigue

Night driving entails greater risk than daytime driving.

  • Carotenes are essential to maintain good vision and improve visual acuity at night, they are vitamin-A precursors and can be found mainly in carrots, turnip tops, spinach and some fruits. Their consumption is essential. Other carotenoids that are not vitamin-A precursors, found in fruits and vegetables, such as lutein and zeaxanthin contribute positively to good eye health.
  • If fatigue symptoms appear, we must stop immediately, do some gentle exercise, drink something (you may use a caffeinated or energy drink) and have some food. Nuts can be ideal for these moments.
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Weather

Did you know that driving with air conditioning speeds up dehydration?

Driving under special weather conditions also requires paying attention to the following:

  • Both heating and air conditioning dry the air, causing greater dehydration than usual. Therefore, it is advisable to drink even if you are not thirsty, since thirst appears once a certain degree of dehydration already exists.
  • Summer without air conditioning: Fluid needs are also increased by activity or sweating. Therefore, recommendations will be different for trips taken in different seasons. A hotter atmosphere will increase fluid needs.

And don't forget...

  • Alcoholic beverages are inadequate to prevent dehydration and may even cause it.
  • Never drive on an empty stomach. Not eating breakfast is correlated with a decrease in attention and lower performance.
  • Hot chocolate is rich in nutrients and may be very restorative during trips. It provides energy and nutrients.
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Tips for good eating during road trips.

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With the collaboration of:

  • Fundaci√≥n Repsol
  • Royal Spanish Academy of Gastronomy
  • Spanish Nutrition Foundation