It’s often thought that drunk driving is the most hazardous thing you can do behind the wheel. But actually, driving while fatigued can be just as dangerous, which is why CDL holders are subjected to rigorous hour regulations. Always remember that you can and should pull over if you find yourself getting drowsy, even if you aren’t due up for a break yet.
Following Good Sleep Hygiene
Your sleep hygiene consists of all the practices you use to get a good night’s sleep. From your choice of pillow to the air temperature, every factor can make a big difference for the amount and quality of sleep you get. First, try to settle in for the evening and wake up at the same times each day. Turn on a source of white noise or put in earplugs to reduce outside noises. If light is problematic, try wearing an eye mask. And don’t forget to turn off your electronic devices at least an hour before hitting the hay!
Taking Regular Breaks
Getting seven to eight hours of quality sleep each night is the most important way to fight fatigued driving. However, you can also take regular breaks to prevent daytime fatigue. About every two hours, pull over at a rest station. Take a brisk walk around the area, stretch your major muscle groups, and get some fresh air.
Did you know that dehydration can make you feel drowsy? Stay hydrated with good old-fashioned water, and perhaps the occasional coffee. Aim to drink enough water to keep your urine colorless or very lightly colored. If your urine is dark, you’re already dehydrated.
Fueling Up with Healthy Foods
It can be tempting to grab fast food, but this tends to be full of simple carbohydrates that will leave you feeling tired quickly. Instead, look for healthier options on the menu. Or, bring along some simple kitchen supplies and ingredients so that you can prepare your own healthy meals and snacks.
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