Truck drivers spend a good amount of time sitting behind the wheel of their big rig, and as anyone knows, it can get pretty boring quickly. When boredom sinks in, going to sleep is always a worry, and that leaves you, and other drivers on the road, pedestrians, etc. at risk of serious injury and accident. The following tips for those in the trucking can be used to help you stay awake, even when you feel tired or sleepy. You can never be too safe when you are on the road. Make sure that you use these tips for your improved safety, and that of the others around you.
Tip One: Turn off the Heat
Even when it is chilly outside, the heat shouldn’t be on if you think that you are going to get sleepy. The warmth only entices you to drift off to la-la land, and that isn’t where you want to be when you’re on the road driving a truck.
Tip Two: Don’t Become Overly Exhausted
When you know you’re tired, don’t continue pushing yourself to the limits. Sometimes it is okay to go a little farther, but when you know that you’re tired and shouldn’t be behind the wheel, you are committing a dangerous act, and shouldn’t continue. It is okay to admit that you are exhausted; and it is the best thing to do.
Tip Three: Avoid Caffeine Overload
Seems rather strange to say that you should avoid caffeine when it stimulates the body. However, if you drink large amounts of caffeine, and then don’t excite yourself, you will crash and come tumbling down.
Tip Four: Turn It Off
Many drivers turn the radio loud when they begin to tire, but this might not be such a good idea. When you turn on the radio and other entertainment, your brain, which is already overloaded, continues to become tired. If you turn the radio off, you will relax and wake up a bit. But, don’t take too much quiet time, because the radio can be very stimulating if you are already in the mood, so to say.
Tip Five: Get Rest
The life of a truck driver sometimes makes it hard to get a good night of sleep, but it is imperative that you shoot for the stars and aim for a good night of rest every chance that you get. Sleep is the best way to overcome being tired, after all, and as a professional driver, your number one goal is keeping yourself and everyone else on the road with you safe as you take care of the job and task at hand.
Tip Six: Pull Over
Sometimes you think that you are okay to drive, only to find out a few miles down the road that you are not. If this happens to you, it is imperative that you pull over. A cat nap may do just what you need so that you can continue down the road, this time in a safe manner.