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07 Jul 21

Truckers productivity levels can be impacted by poor diet

New study reveals that Truckers productivity levels can be impacted by poor diet

A junk food diet may increase the risk of dangerous driving among truck and lorry drivers by boosting fatigue.

A paper published in the medical journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine looked at driving behaviours among almost 400 HGV drivers and the impact of their diet, as well as fatigue.

Results confirmed that four dietary patterns were identified amongst the participants - – animal-derived foods, staple foods, snacks, and vegetables. Their analysis showed that drivers with a vegetable-rich diet had more “positive driving behaviour.”

It also found that animal-derived diets had a higher rate of errors, concentration lapses and minor traffic violations and the snack diet also displayed unsafe driving behaviour.

The study concluded that:

  • All driving behaviours of truck drivers are correlated with their dietary patterns
  • Drivers who preferred vegetables and staple foods had more positive driving behaviour
  • Animal-derived food and snack patterns were related to dangerous driving behaviour. “The experience of fatigue could explain the underlying mechanism between these factors.”


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