sufficient sleep before going on a road trip. A short nap of about 20
minutes can help you recharge before driving. If you are going to drive
for a long distance get enough sleep before the journey, this will
provide you enough rest to keep you alert for the journey.
a caffeinated drink before or during a trip. Caffeine helps to improve
alertness. For instance, a cup of coffee contains about 75 milligrams of
caffeine. This is enough to keep you awake and alert while driving.
However, note that the effects of caffeine wears off after several
Do not drink alcohol before driving.
drink alcohol. Even very small amounts of alcohol will enhance
drowsiness. Sleep, especially while driving, is hardest to fight when
one is feeling drowsy from alcohol intake.
Watch what you eat
you have to eat before or during a trip, eat something light. Heavy
meals can cause drowsiness or cause you to become tired. Take snacks or
very light food whenever you stop in-between trip. Or go for energizing
foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.
Drive with a companion
going on a long trip, it is wise to go with a partner. After a while,
especially when feeling sleepy, pull over and let your partner take over
the driving. This will allow you take a nap in order to refresh.
Avoid driving between midnight and 6 AM
situations that will require you to drive between midnight and 6 a.m.
Due to the body’s biological rhythm, that period is when the body is
naturally programmed to sleep, and controlling sleep at that period is
hardest. . It is dangerous to drive during these hours as there is an
increased risk of falling asleep at the wheel.
gum helps keep your mouth busy, and at the same time helps you stay
awake and focus. Before driving, especially for a long trip, pick up a
few packs of chewing gum. Whenever, you start to feel sleepy, chew some
gum. However, ensure you go for sugar-free gum. Chewing gum with sugar
content can have reverse effect. They can leave you feeling more tired
than how you felt before, and ultimately induce sleep.
Stop to take a nap
When you notice that you are getting tired or sleepy, pull over in order to take a nap.
short nap of about twenty minutes can refresh your brain; give you the
stamina you need to keep driving. Find a safe place to pull over and nap
for about fifteen to twenty minute. Set an alarm. You do not want a
twenty-minute nap to turn into an hour-long nap. For your safety, you
should choose a place that is not too isolated, such as car park, near a
filling station, a busy roadside restaurant, etc.
Open a window
sensation of cold breeze hitting your face can wake you up. Whnever you
are feeling sleepy open a window for a few minutes. Opening the window
will also usher in a great deal of background noise. This will prevent
you from dozing off.