Hangry Driving!

Have you ever been so hungry that you found yourself getting fed up with your lack of snacks? There’s a word for that—hangry!

Angry + Hungry = Hangry

According to Urban Dictionary, hangry is defined as “when you’re so hungry that your lack of food causes you to become angry, frustrated, or both.” It’s the feeling you get when you placed your restaurant order an hour ago, yet your server has mysterious vanished, or when you watch your coworker enjoy a delicious sandwich. Being hangry can cause people to become irritable, irate, or just plain rude in their quest for something to eat. Luckily, it can usually be remedied by a quick snack or the long-awaited arrival of a tasty meal.

Almost everyone has probably felt hangry at one point in their life. After all, it’s such a common human experience that we made up a word to describe it. But while it’s a creative, relatable term, being hangry isn’t always something to joke about. The symptoms of hunger—and the rage that it can induce—can cause problems, particularly on the roads.

The Signs of Hunger

You’re probably familiar with the some of the obvious signals of hunger, like growling or gurgling noises coming from your stomach. There are plenty of other hunger signals, though, including both physical and emotional signs like:

  • Feeling faint, dizzy, or lightheaded
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Irritability
  • Lack of concentration

In cases that go far beyond the typical feelings of hunger, people facing starvation or malnutrition can experience significant issues. These include like irregular heartbeats, bone thinning, low body temperature, anemia, muscle weakness, and damage to the internal organs. Such dramatic symptoms are typically seen in people in poverty-stricken or resource-poor areas, in cases of abuse or neglect, or in situations where someone is suffering from an eating disorder, like anorexia nervosa, that causes them to restrict their food intake.

How Hunger Impacts Driving Abilities

The symptoms of typical hunger aren’t going to kill you. But they can have an effect on how you deal with obstacles or challenges on the roads. For example, if someone is having trouble concentrating after not eating all day, they might run a red light. Similarly, a distracted pedestrian could fail to notice an approaching car. The physical effects of hunger, like nausea or a headache, can also be enough to distract someone from the road ahead of them. In extreme cases, particularly those involving people with health conditions like diabetes, hunger could cause them to pass out behind the wheel. Because of issues like these, driving while hangry can be almost as dangerous as driving while intoxicated, drowsy, or distracted.

The Issue of Road Rage

On the roads, there is also the issue of road rage. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, road rage occurs when a driver exhibits violent or aggressive behavior as the result of another driver’s actions. For example, one driver could become angry over another’s failure to use their turn signal. When a driver is experiencing road rage, they might exhibit confrontational behavior like closely following someone, honking, cutting off the other driver, or using obscene gestures. If the situation escalates, road rage can lead to physical violence.

When a driver is hangry, they are more likely to become easily ticked-off by another driver’s behavior. Or in their desperate quest to find the nearest drive-thru, they might be the one with the annoying driving behavior, causing another driver to become angry with them.

As you can see, being hangry can actually have consequences! So next time you’re feeling hungry, remember this blog and treat yourself to a snack—it could make a big difference.


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