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:


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.

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.


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.

Tips for good eating during road trips.

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With the collaboration of:

  • Fundación Repsol
  • Royal Spanish Academy of Gastronomy
  • Spanish Nutrition Foundation