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Lifesaving tips to avoid getting sleepy while driving.

Updated on April 12, 2008
  • Turn on your car's radio or music player very loud.
  • Roll down your windows. The cold air will keep you awake.
  • Stop at a gas station for some coffee or energy packets.
  • Have someone with you, either to talk and keep you awake, or to swap driving with. They can also pay for some of the gas cost. Check Craigslist for your destination to see if someone wants to share a ride there with you.
  • Avoid highway hypnosis. Don't stare straight ahead, the dotted lines in the road will put you in a trance. Keep those eyeballs moving!
  • Don't be afraid to pull off onto the shoulder or at the nearest rest stop. Better a planned stop than an unintended one!
  • Play mental games. For example, the Picnic Game. What are you bringing to the picnic? Think of something that starts with each letter of the alphabet and before moving on to a new item, recite the list of items you have so far.
  • Obviously, get as much sleep as you can beforehand.


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      Laura 6 years ago

      Eat sunflower seeds (not peeled) while driving. This keeps you busy and your face muscles moving. Works for me everytime

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      The Rope 8 years ago from SE US

      :) I've used them all! I always drive with the window down, close it and even with the air conditioner I get sleepy. My sweetie and I even made sure our last car had a sunroof in it so we could enjoy the fresh air while we had the heater on.

      Add to the list... ice chips from your soda around the corners of your eyes and later on the insides of your wrists. Then SING - Yep at the top of your voice. Helps keep the blood moving and the mind sharp. It works pretty well for awhile. But eventually you just have to pull over!

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      driverslicense 9 years ago

      Thanks for the suggestions. I often find myself using some of these already. The biggest one is loud music and opening the windows, even during the winter. Just turn the heater on and keep it on my feet at least but give me that COLD air in my face haha.

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      Satori 9 years ago from California

      I'm glad you found it useful. Drive safely.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Thanks for your suggestions regards Zsuzsy