Types of Energy Drinks Best for Driving

Types of Energy Drinks Best for Driving

Driving can be monotonous and a bit boring at times, so it helps to have something to keep you awake and alert. Many people turn to caffeinated drinks such as coffee or tea, and millions of Americans head for the energy drink aisle. Energy drinks are convenient and often contain more caffeine than even the strongest cup of coffee, so they’re ideal for a grab-and-go boost.

In addition to caffeine, energy drinks often contain sugar that works in your body to produce insulin, which causes your blood to flow faster throughout your body. This is what people refer to as a sugar rush. You feel a burst of energy, but will crash after the rush wears off. Be sure to check your daily recommended amounts of both caffeine and sugar before you consume any energy drink.

After effects of consuming too much caffeine and sugar can be a rapid heartbeat, headaches, dizziness or lightheadedness, jitters, and dehydration. All of these effects can be extremely dangerous, especially if you’re operating a motor vehicle while you’re tired because they may inadvertently lead to car accidents. Most people shouldn’t consume more than 400mg of caffeine in a 24 hour period, according to the FDA.

Reign Total Body Fuel

A relatively new energy drink on the market, Reign Energy Drink is produced by the well-known Monster Beverage Corporation. One full can has a high dose of 300mg of caffeine and it’s sugar-free with no artificial colors or flavors. Although the many flavors such as Orange Dreamsicle and Carnival Candy contain electrolytes, the high amount of caffeine could be dehydrating. 

C4 Energy Drink

This one has been around since 2006, so it’s already a favorite among consumers. C4 Energy Drink comes in seven flavors including Electric Sour and Peach Mango Nectar, and has about 135mg of caffeine per can. This energy drink comes in both sugar-free and sugar added versions and is a good choice if you don’t want to be over-caffeinated while driving.

5-Hour Energy

Coming in at just under 2 fl.oz, this tiny energy drink packs a huge punch with 200 mg of caffeine per serving. 5-Hour Energy is sugar-free and has only 4 calories per bottle, with zero carbs, which makes it a great choice if you’re not trying to fill up on empty calories or sugar. It comes in 17 flavor shots including Tropical Burst and Strawberry Watermelon, but don’t let its sweet flavor and size fool you. It packs a caffeine punch.

Red Bull

This is the brand that everyone thinks about when someone says “energy drink”. That’s because it is the first mass produced and advertised energy drink, the original, and is the highest-selling in the entire world. Red Bull comes in different sizes with varying degrees of caffeine, ranging from 77.4mg to 147.6mg of caffeine per can, with flavors including Sugar-Free Tangerine and Cranberry.

Bang Energy Drink

This one is the third best-selling energy drink, boasting a whopping 300mg of caffeine per can. It comes in 24 flavors including Birthday Cake Bash and Root Beer, and for those that love the flavor but don’t want the energy boost there are caffeine-free flavors including Sour Heads and Cotton Candy. Although Bang Energy Drinks are advertised as sugar-free, the high amount of caffeine can make you jittery if you have a low tolerance.

Top 5 Worst Polluting Cars

Top 5 Worst Polluting Cars

There’s a large push for environmentally friendly automobiles in and outside of the industry these days. Well, not from everyone, but enough that it’s created an impact. That doesn’t stop some companies from pumping out environmentally unfriendly monsters, though. These are the top 5 worst polluting cars on the market. 

5. Subaru WRX STI

Sports cars and clean emissions rarely go hand in hand. As a rally car and performance model, with fantastic performance metrics, the same is true of the WRX STI. It boasts 300 horsepower, 290 lb-ft torque, and a 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-four engine. 

That performance comes at the price of emitting 1.01 pounds of carbon dioxide per mile driven. Not to mention the 17 mpg EPA rating. While it will remain a popular racecar, it’s certainly not an environmentalist’s first pick. 

4. Dodge Viper ACR

Another performance model, the Dodge Viper ACR looks car-centric movie worthy. It is technically a racecar, but one that’s legal to drive on the road. You might want these Orange County car accident attorneys on speed dial if you choose to buy one. 

It boasts 645 horsepower with a V10 engine, yet somehow gets 4 more mpg than the WRX STI. Regardless, it pumps out 1.30 pounds of carbon dioxide per mile driven, making it a lean, mean, polluting machine. 

3. Aston Martin Vanquish

Stunningly gorgeous, a superb performer, and as high-end as high-end comes, the Vanquish from Aston Martin is certainly on top of many car enthusiast’s dream lists. It features V12 engine and a seemingly endless list of bells and whistles that make for a luxe ride.

It also eats up a gallon of gas every 21 miles on the highway, where it performs at its best, and dumps 1.28 pounds of carbon dioxide along the way. That’s poor performance for the EPA and the environmentally conscious consumer. 

2. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Who doesn’t love the way a Camaro looks? Even Corvette lovers have to admit their arch-nemesis looks fantastic. The ZL1 boasts 640 horsepower as well as lb-ft of torque while offering a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine. 

At the same time, all of that power comes at the price of emissions. You’ll only get 18 mpg on a good day, or 12 in the city, and you’ll be spewing out 1.37 pounds of carbon dioxide with each of those miles. While it is a powerful car, it’s also filthy for local air quality. 

1. Lamborghini Aventador SV

It should come as no surprise that a Lambo tops this list. Raw power simply equals massive polluter, that’s all there is to it. The SV is a gorgeous looker packed with a V12 engine that pumps out a whopping 740 horsepower. Add that to the all-wheel drive, which comes standard, too. 

Now onto the downsides. You’ll be lucky to hit 18 mpg with this model as well, but city ratings drop to a lousy 11 mpg. Each mile driven spews 1.46 pounds of carbon dioxide into the air. making it the top polluting car on the market today. So, the question becomes: sweet and powerful ride or caring about the air everyone breathes?