It is not only trucks that need regular fueling, but the people that drive them, too. Truck drivers spend more time on the road than most, and keeping themselves fueled can prove more of a challenge than keeping their truck fueled.
Just as you cannot fill a semitruck with any old fuel, truckers should not rely on any old food or drink to fill their stomachs. Yet, the choice of delicacies on offer at truck stops can be far from ideal.
Caffeine and sugar are the main problems
Aside from the fact that unhealthy food causes long-term health issues, it can cause immediate problems which endanger anyone driving.
Nutritionists sometimes talk of spikes and crashes when discussing the effects of sugar and caffeine. Many long-distance drivers rely on these to keep them alert while failing to contemplate what happens once the low kicks in.
Here are some problematic truck driver’s favorites:
- Coffee: This can increase alertness in the short term but increase tiredness levels once the caffeine wears off. You cannot just keep drinking more either, as that can lead to concentration problems, jitteriness and irritability, which can all make driving more dangerous.
- Soda: Next time you pick up a can of pop, check the label to see how much sugar it contains. You might be shocked at how much there is. Once that sugar wears off, you will experience a glucose drop, making you feel tired and sluggish.
- Energy drinks: They contain a lot of caffeine and sugar.
- Fast food: Burger buns and sauces all contain a lot of sugar, even if the burger itself does not.
If a truck driver crashes into you, consider if fatigue played a role. Finding evidence of any of the foods or drinks mentioned above in their cab could signify that they knew they were too tired to drive but thought they could eat or drink their way through it.