Would it be a shock to learn that the annual average of drowsy related driving accidents is estimated around 80,000? That is roughly 220 crashes per day that are caused by being drowsy. Unfortunately, we see on the news that accidents occur when a truck driver falls asleep behind the wheel. Most of the time, these drivers will do so on a stretch of highway where there is little traffic. However, there are times when fatigue results in an accident where another motor vehicle is involved. Its accidents like these that can do some damage to smaller non-commercial vehicles. It is safe to say that staying awake while driving is very important. How do you accomplish this task? Here are several tips that will help you keep alert and awake while behind the wheel.
- Your eating habits will affect how you feel throughout the day and will also affect how you sleep. A balanced diet includes eating plenty of vegetables, fruits, and cutting down on the sugars and empty calories. Consuming caffeine, alcohol and nicotine can also have negative effects on the way you rest. While caffeine may seem like a great alternative to keep you up, it is only a temporary fix. And nobody wants the crash later.
- Having a consistent sleep cycle and regularly exercising will cut down on the fatigue feeling. Sleep experts recommend at least eight hours of sleep are required to function properly. Exercising a minimum of three times a week will not only keep you in shape, but will also allow for better blood circulation. More oxygen is sent to your head and you’ll be more alert.
- If you notice that you are becoming more tired, it never hurts to take a break. Know your limits and recognize the warning signs. Excessive yawning, rubbing eyes, weaving, and not concentrating on the road are a few signs that you need to be aware of. If you experience any of these, do not hesitate to pull over. It’s much safer for you and the other drivers.
- In a case where you are driving and fatigue starts to hit, try opening the window or listening to something. When the cooler air hits you, it shocks your senses that can leave you refreshed. And again, fresh oxygen for your brain is the best. Upbeat music or music you dislike are best to keep you up. If you’re not in the mood for music, try listening to an audio book. Just like reading a book, listening to a book requires you to be engaged and some requires participation from the listener.
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