How to Avoid Falling Asleep When Driving

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Tiredness and drowsiness when driving often leads to road accidents and serious consequences; staying even a second with your eyes closed at a speed of 100 km/h means traveling almost 28 meters without seeing.  You should do your best to avoid falling asleep when driving. Here are a few tips that can help you.

Get Enough Sleep

Before embarking on a car or motorcycle trip, it is important to be well-rested and get enough sleep. Better to postpone departure after an insufficient night’s sleep. In addition, it would be advisable to take a nap every four hours, no longer than 20 or 30 minutes.

Avoid Inappropriate Times and Night Driving

sleep drivingAdjust the departure time to your biological rhythm to stay responsive while awake. The most problematic times are usually between 2 and 5 in the morning and between 1 and 5 in the afternoon. Take regular breaks, get out of the car and take some time for a short walk in the fresh air at a rest area.

Watch What You Eat

Do not leave hungry or with a full stomach. Both situations compromise your efficiency. While driving, only have light snacks. Avoid sweets that give you an immediate burst of energy but can cause drowsiness due to their digestion soon after.

Carry Enough Drinks

Keep enough drinks on board, not just for long car journeys. Drink plenty of water or unsweetened juices or sodas. Strictly avoid alcoholic beverages.

Take Turns With Your Partner

An interesting audiobook can keep you awake during a monotonous activity such as a long drive, and when traveling with other people, take turns driving.

Avoid Overuse of Drugs

Overuse of drugs and the side effects of some of them can include drowsiness while driving and a decrease in the attention span, leading to a possible sleep stroke. So if you have any doubts about the effects of a drug or suffer from sleep disorders, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Contrary to what many think, even loud music does not help ward off fatigue and travel safely.

The assistance systems for the driver can be beneficial in case of sudden fatigue, to maintain a constant trajectory on track, anticipate a foreseeable obstacle or make a timely stop when needed. If you have sensors for steering wheel assistant and lane control in your car, you will be alerted if you make any sudden maneuvers or skids. If the systems are activated because you are trying to counteract fatigue, you should take a break.