What Does it Take to Stay Awake Behind the Wheel

Going on a long road trip often requires multiple drivers. Ideally, a new driver is needed every two hours, so a six hour road trip would need at least two drivers who can swap places every couple of hours. But what happens when it’s just you going on a long trip? How are you supposed to keep yourself awake? 

For starters, you should always know when it’s time to pull over. And in regards to pulling over, it’s not safe to just pull over on the side of the road. Instead, you need to pull over in a rest area or go to a hotel. Pulling over for a quick cat nap can do wonders for helping you stay awake. 

It’s also important that you eat and drink healthy foods and beverages. Alcohol should of course be avoided because it’s illegal to drink and drive, and alcohol also makes you sleepy. When it comes to eating, you should chose foods full of protein. 

If you like the taste of coffee, you can always drink it to help you stay awake, but do keep in mind that when drinking large amounts of any type of fluid, you will likely have to make several stops to use the bathroom. 

No matter where you’re going, you should do your best to bring along a companion who can drive when you get tired and vice versa. With the help of at least one other driver, long distance trips seem a lot shorter. And not to forget that having an extra person to drive will allow you to sleep for a bit in between your turns to drive. 

To learn more tips about staying awake when driving, contact a reputable insurance agent serving the Plano, TX.