Driver fatigue is a significant safety concern, as it can impair a driver's alertness and reaction time, increasing the risk of accidents. Here are a few tips you can follow to make sure you stay alert on the road.
While caffeine is often associated with keeping you awake; it can actually have the opposite effect when you have too much of it. You can experience the “caffeine crash” which can cause you to become more tired than you were before. Sipping on an caffeine free herbal tea like peppermint or lemon balm will help to keep you alert.
Dehydration can cause drowsiness so it is important to drink lot of water to stay hydrated and awake! Adding electrolytes to your water will provide you with energy as well as make sure that you do not get dehydrated.
Pack snacks like nuts and seeds that will help keep you fuller for longer. Eating a heavy meal can make you feel sluggish and tired, so it is best to eat smaller portions throughout the day. Chewing gum is also a great way to keep you stimulated.
Adjust your Environment:
When you are feeling a bit drowsy, try opening your window or adjusting your seat to a different position. You can also try blasting the air conditioning for a cool shot of air to wake you up!
Take a Break:
A power nap can do wonders for you! Pull off the road for 15-20 minutes and close your eyes to recharge. You can also pull over and take a quick five-minute break to get fresh air and stretch your legs.