The fleet industry could soon face an obesity epidemic according to a poll on drivers’ eating habits, spelling bad news for the nations travelling sales representatives. The research was conducted by The Fuelcard Company to raise awareness of heart disease among business drivers on World Heart Day.
When asked about the types of food consumed on the move, a shocking 88 percent of drivers said they ate mainly fast food and convenience snacks such crisps and sweets in their vehicles.
The poll also revealed that motorists are flouting the law on a daily basis when it comes to eating behind the wheel, with 26 percent of those polled admitting they ate and drove every day and 19 percent saying they succumbed to the habit on a weekly basis. Just 12 percent of respondents said they never ate while driving.
Jakes de Kock, Sales and Marketing Director at The Fuelcard Company, said such unhealthy eating habits needed to be addressed or drivers who spend long periods on the road could be at a serious risk of developing health problems caused by obesity.
“These survey results are shocking on two levels. Not only are drivers appearing to fall into a dangerous habit of regularly eating while driving, which can seriously affect reaction times and reduce awareness levels, but they have extremely unhealthy eating habits which is a real concern especially for business drivers who spend a large portion of their day on the road.”
The survey was conducted to mark World Heart Day which raises awareness of heart disease and stroke which are the leading causes of death, claiming 17.1 million lives each year. However at least 80 percent of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main risk factors, tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, are controlled.