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Nov 13, 2017
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How to Stay Awake While Driving

You have probably seen that warning on medicine bottles saying that you should not operate heavy machinery while taking that drug. The reason is drowsiness, which affects both mental clarity and reaction time. People are so used to driving that they typically forget their car has the potential to be a two-ton weapon when not operated safely. Fall asleep at the wheel and you will likely not be the only person hurt or killed as a result.

Those feeling tired en route typically drink coffee or blast loud music to keep themselves awake. Here are some other tips that are generally more effective:

Nap Beforehand

Know you have a long drive ahead of you? Try to grab a couple hours of shuteye before you hit the road. Your mind and body will thank you.

Stop and Move Around

Feeling drowsy? Pull off the road in a safe spot, get up and walk around for a bit. This helps to keep mind and body fresh. Don’t be afraid to spend a few minutes doing this.

Open Your Windows

A breeze can be very effective at keeping you conscious, particularly if the air is on the cool side.

Stay Hydrated

And by saying this, we are not including caffeine as it tends to dehydrate. Drink plenty of water. This may mean more rest stops, but your body will function better. Also, stopping and getting out of the car periodically will also help you to stay awake.

Eat Properly

It is tempting to fill up on the quick energy that sugar provides, but this leads to inevitable crashes. You are better off eating properly balanced meals that will help your body function evenly and consistently.

Audiobooks

Tired of listening to music? Try audiobooks. These require you to pay attention. Also, ones that make you laugh will also help you to keep going.