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Fuel Card Blog Updates: Meals on wheels

We’ve all heard about gas-guzzling vehicles. Well, it turns out drivers like a good guzzle too!

The next time someone tells you they munch on carrots and celery sticks when they’re peckish at the wheel, don’t be too quick to believe it. The potential links between driving and obesity have become shockingly clear in recent weeks, with two news stories in particular that caught our attention.

A survey by The Fuelcard Company has suggested a whopping 88 per cent of drivers eat mainly fast food and convenience snacks in their vehicles, in stark contrast to the one in ten who opt for fruit and healthy snacks. The poll also saw 26 per cent of motorists admit to eating while driving every day.

The implications this could have for obesity and heart disease could be very serious. No doubt about it, excessive snacking at the wheel is bad for you.

Not to mention potentially illegal. While not an offence in itself, eating while driving can significantly distract a driver, taking their attention off the road.  Police therefore are cracking down even further – motorists have been known to receive penalty points, and should eating at the wheel be found to be contributory factor in a road collision, the sentence could be much more serious.

The Fuelcard Company’s figures were released just after World Heart Day on 29th September, a national campaign to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death, claiming 17.1 million lives each year. The annual day is also designed to highlight that at least 80 per cent of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main risk factors, tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, are controlled. Long periods in the car make the latter two risk factors even more likely.

Further research this week showed the opposite end of the obesity-driving spectrum. Luxury car manufacturers have taken steps to adapt their vehicles to accommodate bigger people as the obesity problem has worsened over the years. BMW, Mercedes and Porsche are among the carmakers expanding the size of their models to cope with our expanding waist-lines!

So, if you don’t want to be among the group of people causing carmakers to increase the width of their vehicles so that people can actually fit in them, perhaps those carrots and celery sticks may not be such a bad idea. As long as they’re eaten before getting into your vehicle.


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