5 Ways to Avoid Drowsy Driving and Keep the Roadways Safe
You don’t have to get drunk to be a dangerous driver. Sometimes, you just have to be sleepy. That’s why, as a truck driver, it’s critical to take care of your body and get enough rest. Otherwise, your reaction times might slow during a haul—or worse, you could fall asleep at the wheel. So, follow these tips to avoid drowsy driving.
Get enough sleep.
This might seem obvious, but it’s hard to accomplish sometimes. So, make it a priority to go to sleep on time, especially before or during a haul.
Also, do your best to get deep, quality sleep. It might help to follow a nightly routine, such as reading, listening to music, and caring for your hygiene. You should also find a comfortable pillow and take it on the road.
Exercise and a healthy diet will keep your body in shape, so you don’t have to worry as much about drowsy driving. Also, eat at regular times, and try not to skip meals. You might not rest well if your stomach is either too full or nearly empty.
Be careful with medication.
Certain prescription and over-the-counter drugs can make you sleepy, particularly tranquilizers, allergy medicines, sleeping pills, and cold medicines. So, remember to read labels carefully and talk to your doctor about side effects.
Keep your mind engaged.
Don’t zone out while driving. Instead, keep your mind engaged by listening to an audiobook, a series of podcasts, or some music. You’ll stay focused, and as a bonus, the trip might seem less tedious.
Watch for warning signs.
Everyone knows the warning signs for drowsy driving—yawning, blurred vision, and heavy eyes. However, not everyone takes them seriously. Don’t try to power through when you start to experience these symptoms during a haul. Instead, pull over and take a nap. As a truck driver, you must take care of yourself, so you can ensure the safety of everyone on the road.
Don’t get impatient.
Fall is harvest time for many farmers, which means you’ll encounter more tractors and combines during a haul. These machines are particularly slow, and you may feel tempted to pass them as soon as possible. If you do, ensure there’s no other traffic present. We know getting stuck behind a sluggish vehicle feels frustrating, but never risk an accident.