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Tips for staying awake while driving long distance

Updated on November 15, 2011

Tips to stay awake during long drive


Driving, especially long driving is a cumbersome job. It requires full concentration of the driver as even a minor lapse could result into irrecoverable damage. So it is imperative for the drivers to take necessary measures to stay awake while driving. Some of the suggestions are as under:-

Before planning for a long drive, sufficient sleep is most important. Take sleep of at least 7/8 hours, which will make you fresh, robust and energetic. This will help a driver to stay awake for longer period of time.

Reasonable intervals are necessary, while going for a long drive. A study by National Central University in Jhongli, Tatung University, Taiwan; reported at New Scientist magazine that "driving for just 80 minutes without a break can make motorists a danger on the roads". They found that drivers who do not take frequent rest stops have slower reactions than those who break up long journeys. Hence short interval of 5/10 minutes is necessary to stay you awake during your long drive.

Before going for a long drive take light food to avoid dizziness. It is a fact that bellyful meal causes burden on the digestive system. Since the body energy is wasted in digesting the meal, the drivers feel tiredness very early. On the other hand, with a light meal it will be easier to drive.

If possible choose daylight for a long drive. Chances of getting a sleep in the day time are less as compared to the night. You should stop driving if you feel tiredness, as excessive fatigue will lead to sleepiness.

Take shower before going for a long drive, which is just like a light massage of your body. The blood circulation of your body will be improved and you will feel great. Now, in a good mood and fresh mind it is safer to go for a long drive.

If you have a companion with you, engage yourself in light conversation with him/her. Singing a song or doing some calculation work are also some good suggestions, but they may not divert your attention from your primary job.

Do some light exercises during your driving experience, like moving your shoulder, stretching your hands, moving your legs up and down etc. These light exercises go a long way in normalizing blood circulation to all body organs.

Use of seasonal food items like Tea and coffee are good choice in a long drive. Tea and coffee stimulate the energy and may help the driver to concentrate.

Avoid alcohol and narcotics. Alcohol in any form may cause intoxication. The alcoholic who is ‘dead drunk’ can be allowed to sleep off his stupor.

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