Unhealthy eating among lorry drivers linked to poor driving

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Hauliers who have poor diets may be worse drivers, a new study suggests.

Junk food diets and unhealthy snacks could contribute to fatigue, which may lead to dangerous driving, academics suggested.

A new study, published in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine, examined driving behaviour among almost 400 male lorry drivers.

The drivers’ dietary patterns and levels of fatigue were also taken into account.

Most of the drivers, who worked for a transport company in Suzhou, China, had around six to 10 years experience.

They drove an average of 50,000 to 100,000 kilometres each year.

The authors found that lorry drivers with healthier dietary habits tend to engage in more “positive driving behaviours”.

Drivers who ate fried foods, desserts and sweet drinks were less likely to have positive driving behaviour.

Dietary patterns were linked to participants levels of fatigue – with those who consumed high levels of vegetables and staple foods less likely to suffer fatigue.

The authors from Beijing wrote: “The present study found that truck drivers with a healthy dietary pattern reported more positive driving behaviours, while those who consumed more fast foods, fat and sweet foods were more likely to report dangerous driving behaviours.

“Fatigue played a mediating role between dietary patterns and driving behaviours.

“Truck drivers could adopt a healthier diet to reduce fatigue, which would probably promote driving safety.”

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