No matter if you’re driving an 18-wheeler or a small compact car, one of the hardest parts about driving is fighting the sleepy feeling you get after long hours in the car. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to ensure that fatigue stays far, far away and you have a successful trip on the road.
If you know you have a long drive ahead of you, make sure you get a good night’s sleep the night before. 7-8 hours of solid sleep is recommended for fighting fatigue. Should you have difficulty falling asleep, try using these quick tips:
To ensure that you are alert while driving, it is recommended to take breaks from the road every two hours or so. These breaks will give you the opportunity to get some fresh air, stretch, and even take a quick cat nap if necessary. With the many rest stops available across the United States of America, there is no shortage of great places to stop and take a break.
At rest stops and other places along the highway, it’s all too easy to stop at a McDonalds or Burger King for a quick hamburger, fries, and a soda. However, these heavy fast food meals can wreak havoc on your ability to drive alert. The ingredients in fast food and other heavy meals will make you incredibly sleepy in a short amount of time.
Instead, choose meals such as a salad, sandwiches, wraps, or other healthy options. Anytime fruit, vegetables, and protein is involved, you know you’re in for a great meal.
While coffee and other energy drinks will give you a sudden burst of energy, there’s no substitution for the power of water. Water’s natural properties will help you feel awake, if you continue to stay hydrated throughout your trip.
Coffee, tea, energy drinks, soda, and other sugary/caffeinated options are okay for a short burst towards the end of a trip, but you want to rely on water for the long haul!
Did you know that having the air conditioning on in your truck can actually help you fight fatigue? When it’s too warm inside, humans naturally have a tendency to become sleepy and doze off. Instead, open the windows or put on the air conditioning — anything to keep you cool and awake!
You’ll learn all about the rules of the road and fighting fatigue while driving during the 18-day CDL Class A course available from United Truck Driving School. Contact us today to learn more about enrollment, financial aid options, and our schools in Tennessee and Mississippi.