For new truckers especially, long hauls may seem intimidating–and boring. Long driving distances are never exciting, especially if you’ve already driven the route. There’s nothing new, nothing to keep you focused. This is incredibly dangerous. Driving while on the verge of falling asleep is one of the worst things you could do. Not only is there the threat of falling asleep at the wheel, but it also lowers your reaction time and ability to judge distance. For tips to help keep you awake, read on.
1. Drink Water
Yes, it may seem like drinking coffee and energy drinks are going to keep you awake. However, these sugar-filled drinks and caffeine are going to give you a quick burst of energy that will fade away just as fast. The best way to stay awake using liquids is to drink water. Dehydration can make you way more sleepy than a lack of caffeine.
2. Listen to an audiobook or podcast.
This is a great way to keep your mind focused on something. If you have trouble keeping yourself concentrated on a book, try a podcast with active conversations and interviews. This gives you something to listen to and engages your mind. When your mind is working, it won’t fall asleep! Crank up the volume for a better effect.
3. Take naps.
Even though you want to get to your destination as fast as possible, don’t risk your life. If you’re feeling too tired to keep driving, listen to your body! Pull over and take a quick cat nap, just to get your brain back in order. Even ten minutes is better than nothing. Avoid napping for too long, though–that may just make you feel more lethargic.
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