Driving is a privilege that we should take seriously, especially when it comes to our safety and the safety of others. If you have to travel long distances, it’s not unusual to begin to feel tired or sleepy. This could be an unsafe situation, especially if you continue to push yourself to get to your destination. Here are ten of the best ways to stay awake while driving.
- Chew gum to keep your mouth busy and to control yawning.
- Open the window and let fresh air circulate throughout the vehicle.
- Crank up the volume of your music, it affects your fatigue level.
- Pull over, get out of your car and stretch your legs.
- Take a nap before getting on the road and don’t try to fight fatigue to save time. You don't want to hurt anyone while driving on the road.
- Eat a healthy meal after you are awake. You want to make sure you have the natural energy that you need.
- Take Vitamins B and C with your healthy meal to aid in giving your body energy
- Enlist the help of a friend and you can both alternate driving duties.
- Chew on some ice.
- Keep sipping an energy drink to keep your taste buds alert and water to avoid dehydration. Drink slowly You may feel that water will cause you to pull over excessively, but pulling over will keep you alert.
If you get extremely tired and nothing seems to work, pull over at the closet rest stop or gas station to walk around and get your blood circulating or to take a 20 minutes nap. If you are driving alone don't pull over on the side of the road to nap. Just make sure that you understand that being safe while driving to your destination is more important than getting there in record time.
About the Author
Tami Paulus is the Owner of Mark’s Old Towne Service, a truck repair and service center located in Anaheim off the 55/91/57 freeways. With experienced ASE certified specialists, we help you keep your fleet safe and running on the road. We realize that fleet managers are very busy, which is why we pride ourselves in thorough fleet maintenance service to ensure you save time, money and unneeded hassles.