Effects of driving on your body
What does the thought of long drives bring to your mind? Cupid with his arrows of love, your loved ones making a hullabaloo, your friends munching on Snickers to keep the hunger at bay, and the Fast and the Furious team’s stupendous stunts. If only driving was all that hunky-dory! Unrelenting traffic and reliance on your co-drivers to keep their cool have drained out the romantic charm of driving.
It not only leaves you agitated and distressed, it also plays with your bodily functions.
1. Increase in Blood Pressure:
Research has indicated that increased amount of regular driving may be one of the grounds for high blood pressure. Though it might not sound alarming, high blood pressure is one of the causes of heart attacks. Hence, maintaining a healthy and normal blood pressure is of acute importance, especially for those who spend a lot of time on road.
2. Muscular strain:
When “they” say you have to flex your muscles before and after your commute, it is not in vain. Driving causes a lot of strain to the muscles of the body, the back and the neck being the most prone to injuries. Prolonged hours of sitting and wrong posture are known to lead to what’s now being called repetitive driving injury.
3. Driver Fatigue:
Insufficient sleep and extended hours behind the wheel can cause driver fatigue which is one of the main contributors to road accidents. Young men and lone drivers are especially known to fall susceptible to driver fatigue where they nod off behind the wheels only to realize it a little too late sometimes.
4. Poor eating habits
To make up for the lost time behind the wheels, more and more people are opting to grab a bite on the go, and generally rely on packaged food or junk food. Unhealthy eating habits in turn contribute to a rise in blood sugar levels in the long run, contributing to health problems and weight gain.
5. Chronic Stress:
Stress has become the word of this generation and driving is one of the factors that can lead to chronic stress. Reliance on other fellow drivers to drive safely, being part of or witnessing road rage, getting stuck in traffic, repetitive driving routes, lack of parking spaces are few amongst the many factors that contribute to the daily amount of stressors. In today’s spirited world, we are not left with any options, but to travel. Professional drivers, today, are well-aware of the effects of prolonged driving and have begun to take necessary measures, and so should we. Being aware of what goes on inside your mind and body is essential, so that you can truly sit back and relax in your travel time.