Poor diet could cause road deaths

05 September 2006
Bad eating habits among UK motorists could be contributing to poor road safety and higher risks of accidents, according to the RAC.

According to the organisation's findings, over one in ten motorists (12 per cent) felt lethargic after eating at a rest stop and over one third (34 per cent) admitted to driving unsafe distances in order to avoid stopping.

Although the government's publicity campaign to cut down on driving while tired by advocating frequent rest stops, the overwhelming majority of respondents (84 per cent) to the RAC's "Food on the Move Study" said they left service stations feeling unrefreshed.

"Food we eat has to be suited to activities we engage in," argued Sian Porter, a registered dietician and consultant nutritionist. "Few people would eat a heavy meal before exercise and this same common sense must apply to driving."

Despite the presence of several healthy options, the majority of drivers (74 per cent) admitted to choosing convenience options, like fast food restaurants and snack foods over healthy options, despite the heavier starchy foods having a detrimental effect on concentration levels.

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