Keep Your Rig Running Right
As a Driver, you know how important it is to keep your rig running right. As the saying goes, “if the wheels don’t turn, you don’t earn.” But it is not enough to just look after your truck, you have to look after your body and mind too.
To help keep you going in the right direction we’ve put together some basic strategies in the following links- Small changes that can make a big difference, and keep you running at your peak.
Put good fuel in your tank
You put the best parts and fuel into your truck to keep it on the road, and when it comes to keeping your body (and mind) operating at their best, food is fuel. The better the stuff that goes in, the better performance you’ll get from it.
We know it can be a real challenge to eat healthily on the highway. One of the best things you can do is buy healthy snacks like nuts, fruit, and muesli bars, or prepare your own, before you hit the road. Almost anything you make will be better than what’s on offer at fast food chains. But if the clock is ticking, your tummy is growling, and you just have to stop for highway food, remember to opt for a salad or sandwich and water, rather than chips, hot dogs, fried food and soft drinks or milkshakes.
- For a quick boost, eat fruit on an empty stomach. This helps the natural glucose in fruit to enter your bloodstream faster and gives you a natural lift.
- Eat healthy snacks. For energy that lasts try fruit, crackers and cheese, nuts or vegetables.
- Stay hydrated – with water. It may seem obvious, but water is the best way to avoid headaches and sluggishness, not to mention keep your mind clear. Soft drinks, energy drinks, coffee and tea can’t compare. So stock up on it as much as you can.
- Replace salts with herbs.
- Fuel your brain with rice, pasta, bread, potatoes, cereal, milk and fruit. Easy access foods like tinned tuna can offer a real boost. Pack yourself a microwaved potato with creamed corn or low fat cheese for a healthy snack.
- Avoid eating too much meat. Meat takes longer and requires more energy to digest. If you eat lots of it, often, it can slow you down. Meat once a day can be a great boost, as can fish, but try avoiding fried versions.
- Avoid lots of caffeine and energy drinks. Caffeine can raise blood pressure, disrupt sleep habits, aggravate psychiatric conditions, and is habit forming. So whilst it may help keep you awake behind the wheel, it may also disrupt your sleep when you’re not. It varies from person to person, but three or more cups of coffee or tea a day is probably too much.
- Energy drinks have a lot more caffeine, sugar and other ingredients which can tend to lift you quickly and then leave you in a slump.
- Avoid sugary drinks and food. Sugar “highs” are short, and before you know it you’ll descend back into weariness.