Long haul truck drivers work many hours to reach their destinations, and the road can be a monotonous place after a while. Under those circumstances, it’s no surprise that battling tiredness can be a challenge. Here are some tips for staying awake while driving.
Get Your Rest
Your body needs sleep to function properly, so it is of the utmost importance for drivers to get plenty of rest. To start, try taking a short nap before you hit the road. Studies show that napping for less than hour can actually help you stay awake longer, so this is a good way to help you get ahead of the tiredness.
If you feel yourself getting that sleepy feeling while you’re driving, don’t fight your body’s natural urge to rest. Pull over and give yourself a chance to get outside, stretch your legs, and walk around a little.
Stay Nourished and Hydrated
Pack yourself healthy, well-balanced meals and snacks to eat on your journey. While it’s tempting to hit the drive-thru, the high fat and sugar content in most fast foods will make you more likely to feel tired. You can also consider taking vitamins such as Vitamins B and C which are good for boosting energy. Most importantly, stay hydrated. While drinking lots of water may cause you to need a few extra stops, it will prevent dehydration and fatigue from setting in. Water is also more effective than caffeine at keeping you awake for an extended period of time, as caffeine often results in an energy crash that will leave you feeling even more tired.