Lack of sleep and driver fatigue is one of the largest causes of traffic accidents. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found through its research that you are twice as likely to be involved in a wreck if you haven’t gotten appropriate sleep and you are not well-rested. And, for truck drivers, long trips and strange hours are just a part of the job, and it is easy to lose out on proper sleep. So, what can you do to stay as alert as possible behind the wheel? Check out these tips to maximize your attentiveness and stay awake on the job!
Tips for Truck Drivers to Stay Awake
- Drink water, stay hydrated. Seems pretty simple, but yes, staying hydrated is one of the best ways to fight fatigue, according to WebMD. Be sure to keep a (full) water bottle with you throughout your trip, and if you need a snack, pick fruits and vegetables—they are full of water and natural sugars that keep your mind alert and awake.
- Keep it cool. Literally, keep the truck a little bit cold, just enough to be slightly uncomfortable. Cold temperatures make it hard to fall asleep, while warmer ones naturally make you drowsy. If you find yourself nodding-off, crank the AC or turn off the heat and let the cold wake you up and keep you out of harm’s way.
- Do a bit of exercise. Even during work hours, do a little bit of exercise to keep your body and your brain awake. When you are at rest stops, do some push-ups, sit-ups, jump rope, or even run a little bit. Doing this each time you stop will get your heart pumping and the oxygen flowing throughout your body, keeping you at your best. It also behooves you to work out on your own time. A physically active person gets better sleep at night and is, therefore, more productive during the day time.
- Pullover. If you are so tired that none of those strategies can keep you awake, do yourself and the rest of the drivers on the road a favor—pull over and rest. The risks of driving while fatigued definitely do not outweigh the benefits.
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