Of course, eating while driving is not recommended for the same reason as talking on the phone or watching a movie. All this is too relaxing, distracting from the road, and can cause an accident. But there are situations when the driver simply needs a snack: during a long journey, or in a traffic jam for many hours.
Let’s talk about what you can and what is better not to eat while driving a car.
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Suitable food for the car
Since the situation forces you to eat while driving, the products should be selected as correctly as possible so as not to spoil the trip. Especially if you want to rent a vip car. Today, rental services are widespread, especially when traveling, and anyone can rent even the supercar of their dreams at a reasonable price. And it is unlikely that you would be happy to stain the luxury interior with food or get into an accident because of it.
Vegetables and fruits. Such products will not take up much space, but they will help satisfy mild hunger, provide the body with fluid, and at the same time vitamins. The main principle is size and juiciness. A piece of watermelon or melon will significantly interfere with the process of driving, while an apple or banana can easily fit in one hand and will not distract the driver.
Cookies, crackers, biscuits. The most simple food, long-term storage, easy to use, perfectly satisfies hunger, does not require warming up and special packaging does not stain hands and clothes. Among the variety of varieties and types, preference should be given to unsalted products and in no case chips.
Soups, broths. If a motorist often and for a long time have to drive, he should get a thermal mug powered by a car cigarette lighter. At home, you can fill a mug with ordinary chicken broth with crackers for satiety in advance, and just warm it up in the car. Or, in a couple of minutes, prepare yourself any instant soup with the addition of plain water from a bottle.
Dried fruits, nuts. These foods are good for everyone if consumed in moderation. They enrich the body with the necessary substances, due to the high caloric content they saturate it, give vigor and concentration.
What Foods Should You Avoid While Driving?
First of all, the driver behind the wheel, of course, needs to forget about the alcohol, as well as about medicines.
Sandwiches, hot dogs, and burgers. They cause intense thirst, are to hold only with two hands, which they can get very dirty, and both the interior and clothes. Burgers are incredibly high in calories and due to their heaviness and fat content, they can be accompanied by discomfort in the stomach and cause increased drowsiness.
Chocolate, sweets. They will really quickly relieve the feeling of hunger, but these sensations will be false. In addition, sweet foods, even in cool weather, will quickly melt in a heated cabin. And this means sticky hands and with them the steering wheel and gearbox, as well as an increased feeling of thirst.
Ice cream, yogurt. Behind the wheel, there is the problem of opening the package of ice cream, dripping of melting dessert, sticky hands, and lips that will need to be wiped. Plus it has cream in its composition, and can adversely affect the stomach. With drinking yogurts the situation is the same – dairy products are a high-risk group.
Hot drinks. The accident rate due to spilling hot drinks on yourself is absurdly high. It is commonly believed that coffee banishes sleep, so it is often drunk by drivers planning an overnight trip. But this is an erroneous opinion, as the invigorating caffeine is replaced by theobromine, which makes you tired and sleepy (the so-called “30 km syndrome”).
Cold drinks. It is best for the road to use plain non-carbonated water, natural juice, or compote of a sour taste, as well as green tea. Sweet carbonated drinks, in addition to general harm to the body, tend to increase thirst and, accordingly, only distract the driver.
But in fact, the conclusion will be unexpected: while driving, it is better to experience a small feeling of hunger than fullness. So the concentration will be higher. Yes, and the pleasure of normal food at the finish line will be many times greater!