As a truck driver, you know how difficult it can be to stay awake for long periods of time. Your driving schedule and your sleep schedule just don’t always match up. But, if you’re feeling yourself falling asleep at the wheel, you could be putting yourself and other drivers in extremely dangerous situations.
So, how do you stay awake? You know the normal tricks: exercise, cool temperatures, etc., but it might be time to try something a little more out of the box.
Check out these 5 unique tips on how to avoid driver’s fatigue and keep yourself and others safe!
- Don’t use cruise control: On long road trips cruise control feels like a blessing. But, the problem is that when you let your car do all the work, your body gets a little too comfortable, which can make you want to doze off. Instead of hitting the cruise button, make sure you’re keeping your feet active. Keeping your feet moving will help keep your body awake and your eyes open.
- Listen to talk radio: Seem boring? Not quite. Listening to talk radio stations like CNN or NPR help keep your brain engaged with what you’re listening to. Hearing your favorite music is great and all, but your brain tends to get used to listening to the same lyrics you’ve always heard. But, by listening to someone talk to you, you automatically engage in the conversation. Obviously, choose something that piques your interest, and feel free to take breaks by switching between music and talk radio.
- Place your seat in a new position: Usually, your seat position is the last thing you’re considering when you’re getting sleeping on the road. By switching up your seat position every now and then, you will be taking yourself out of your comfort zone and forcing your body to adjust. This ensures that you are not getting too comfortable and doesn’t let your body rest. Keep your seat back upright and raise your chair higher than usual. That way, you have to stretch your legs and keep the blood moving.
- Play mental games with yourself: You might look crazy, but who cares! You are the only one who can judge you. Keep your brain awake by playing mental games with yourself. Recite multiplication tables, or do division in your head. Try remembering old phone numbers, or keep track of every make and model you see of a certain type. Doing these little games will help keep your brain sharp and attentive.
- Don’t overload the caffeine: Everyone things loading up on the caffeine before a long drive is a guaranteed waker-upper. But, that’s actually not the case. Like sugary drinks, caffeine can lead to crashing before they’ve had the caffeine jolt. Therefore, drink it sparingly, and drink it without any cream or sugar if you can stand it. Once every four hours is the recommended amount.