Drowsy driving is a serious problem, one which many people don’t take seriously enough. According to a report by The News Wheel, 60 percent of drivers say they have driven a vehicle while feeling drowsy in the past year, and more than one-third of those admit to falling asleep at the wheel. This is an extremely high statistic.
Due to several demands and strenuous schedules, though not fit and bright enough, we are mandated to get behind wheels either for personal reasons or otherwise. Hence, one tends to opt for methods that are less effective than the only real solution, such as rolling down the windows and turning the music up to combat falling asleep while driving.
You shouldn’t be another statistic. Here are tips to help you stay awake at the wheel.
- Take Enough Rest Before the Trip:
It is a wise habit to take some hours of sleep before embarking on a potential trip. This would keep you bright for as long as necessary. With that, you would have prepared your body for the task ahead.
- Eat well
Eating your favourite meal refreshes and keeps your system active, at least for the few hours of your trip. Lean proteins (poultry products) and complex carbohydrates like whole grain, etc, can be helpful. However, avoid processed or convenience food or those high in sugar, as these could make your energy dip instead. Overeating could also hamper a smooth journey occasioned by possible stoppages in order to ease yourself.
- Take Vitamins:
Vitamins aids energy metabolism, important to nerve function, and normal vision. So, use vitamin supplements after a healthy meal and you would in a way release more energy in you for the journey ahead.
- Choose the appropriate time to travel:
Traveling early in the morning is a good option, as the body is high in energy and refreshed. So, plan your journey in line with this special knowledge of when you are most likely to be at the top of your game.
- Take a Caffeinated drink
A cup of coffee would be perfectly okay. That alertness you need can be derived from a single cup of coffee which is believed to contain about 75 milligrams of caffeine. And in the event of boredom, resulting from a long journey, you can if time permit to pull over at an inn stretch and relax.
- Chew gum or nuts
These can help you stay awake. Groundnut, peanut, gum, etc., have proved to be a veritable means of keeping one active. You can hardly sleep when the mouth is active chewing something.
- Consider a mid-way nap:
Good for you, if you can park at a filling station or any convenient place during the journey to have about 15 to 20 minutes of rest. This helps to restore your brain power.
In all, the importance of sound sleep, and its benefit to the body system cannot be overemphasized. Hence, sleep well before driving.
The Valour Digest wishes you a safe trip.