Hydrate Well

Whether you’re driving or home on a day off, it is important to drink enough water to keep your body healthy and functioning well. There are small actions you can take to stay hydrated.

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Water is essential for all aspects of your life.

  • About 60% of your body is made up of water.
  • Losing just 2% of your body’s water reduces your physical and mental performance by up to 25%.
  • Keeping hydrated will help you feel more alert and less tired while you are driving.
  • Your body and brain relies on water to function normally.
  • Your body needs to maintain its water level to stay alert and well, keeping you safer on the road.

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Keep a water bottle within easy reach while you are driving. Sip water regularly.

Don’t replace water with sugary drinks or artificially sweetened drinks.

  • Cordial, energy drinks, sports drinks, fruit juice, vitamin-style waters, flavoured mineral water or soft drinks will make actually make you thirsty sooner and lessen your bodily functions.
  • If you like sugary drinks, have one as a treat earlier in your day.

Try to drink water with your meals.

Be aware that coffee can make you more alert while you are driving but it can also dehydrate you. Consider sipping water at the same time to keep you hydrated. Alcohol and salty foods can also dehydrate you.

Drinking water causes us to use the bathroom so try scheduling your water intake 20–30 minutes before a planned stop.

You can tell if you are well hydrated by the colour of your urine.

  • If its very yellow you probably need to drink more water; if it’s a lighter yellow or almost clear it’s a sign you are probably drinking enough.

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  • Some foods have a high water content such as watermelon, celery and cucumbers. These can add to your daily water intake.
  • Herbal teas are caffeine free and are very hydrating.

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