When you’re on a long drive, it’s easy to lose focus on the road. Keeping yourself from staring into space is important both to make sure you’re going where you’re supposed to and also for your own safety. Here are some ways to keep your mind sharp:
Sometimes just a breath of fresh air is all it takes.
Putting the windows down and being able to feel and smell the air outside can be invigorating. Spending too long in your truck can make the air start to feel stale, so don’t let it stay that way.
Just putting the windows down isn’t always enough. You’re spending most of your time on the road, so when you do get the chance to get out of your truck, make the most of it! Stretching your legs and keeping your blood circulating will make you feel more awake and focused. Use truck stops as your chance to get any exercise you can, even if it’s just a little bit, and don’t be afraid to pull over if you’re feeling drowsy. Sometimes that’s all it takes to refresh your mind.
Keep yourself engaged by changing how you listen to things.
If you’re used to having the radio playing, try satellite radio or internet radio. Doing so will add some variety into your long drives, and services like Pandora and Spotify have something for everyone. You can customize your stream or channel to whatever you’re in the mood for, and they’re a nice change of pace from local radio stations. If that’s not your style, you could even just put your favorite music on your phone and play it directly.
For people who prefer talk shows, try audio books or podcasts. There are countless numbers of podcasts to try out, and they’ll give you something to think about while keeping your eyes on the highway. If that’s not your style, you could even listen to the news to keep up with what’s happening in the world.
Improve concentration by eating well, staying hydrated, and getting enough sleep.
Fast food is cheap and easy, but too much of it will deprive you of the nutrition you need and make it hard to keep your focus. Eating vegetables, taking vitamins, and getting enough water will make you feel better, and when you feel better, you’re less likely to zone out. Being well rested also makes it easier to concentrate.
Besides helping you focus, getting plenty of water and a good diet are also good in general for your health. Being healthy isn’t just something to make your life easier as a truck driver, it’s a good life goal for anyone.