As rideshare driving becomes more popular all over the world, drivers are increasing the number of hours they spend doing it. For many, it becomes a full-time career, but as with a lot of other occupations that involve sitting for long periods, it can be easy to slip into unhealthy habits.
It’s important to be aware of this, and take the necessary steps to keep yourself healthy as an Uber driver, or a rideshare driver for any service.
The following are some of the top healthy living tips for Uber and rideshare drivers.
In recent years there has been a lot of research and attention related to how dangerous it is to be in a sedentary job. When you’re sitting all day, it puts you at risk for a number of serious and even deadly health conditions, but just taking short breaks throughout the day can help reduce your risk.
This concept applies to rideshare drivers as well.
If you’re working long shifts, make sure you take regular breaks to stretch and move around.
Not only is it good for your health, but it can make you feel more alert and energized if you find that you’re lagging in the energy department.
Bring a Water Bottle
The majority of people don’t drink enough water to properly hydrate themselves, but if you’re a rideshare driver, have a reusable bottle that you bring with you every day or night.
Keep it in your cupholder and make it a habit to sip from it regularly.
Along with keeping you hydrated, this is another good way to keep your energy levels up if you feel like you might be in a slump.
Ensure Your Seat Is In An Optimal Position
Your posture is important when you’re driving long hours, so make sure your seat is optimally adjusted.
A few specifics to keep in mind include ensuring that you’re centered in the driver’s seat, in a position parallel to the steering wheel. You also want to adjust your seat position to the point where your legs are parallel to the ground when you’re sitting.
Bring Your Own Snacks
When you’re on the road, it can be tempting to stop at the nearest fast food restaurant when you get hungry. That can quickly lead to weight gain, so instead, bring your own snacks.
Try to have healthy proteins, grains, fruits, and vegetables. This will not only prevent weight gain but will also help you with energy levels and keeping your blood sugar stabilized, so you feel better throughout your driving shifts.
Finally, if you’re driving late-night and you feel yourself getting sleepy, try to get out and walk for a minute, listen to music or talk to your passengers. If none of this works and you’re still drowsy, it may be best to head home because drowsy driving is incredibly risky to you, your passengers and the other people on the road. Don’t try to fight it if you feel incredibly tired and having a cup of coffee isn’t helping.