Staying awake on the road is the most important thing to think about when driving. Driving while tired or drowsy is as dangerous as driving while drinking because your judgement is just as impaired. Loading up on coffee and energy drinks might seem like an easy way out, but they'll do you more harm than good. We've gathered some research from the sleep foundation and added our own tips and tricks for a quick guide to staying awake on those long trucking missions.
According to sleepfoundation.org, the best way to stay awake while driving is to prepare as best you can ahead of time. They mention that getting 7-8 hours of sleep before you plan on embarking on your driving journey is the key to keeping your mind and body alert, and they also recommend a pre-nap to be taken right before the trip. Aside from that their recommendations include pulling over to take a 20 minute nap, and using the buddy system to nap while your buddy drives.
Along with these preventative measures, we wanted to add some of our own stragegies for staying awake when you just need a little extra nudge of help. Although the sleep foundation frowns upon using caffeine as a method for staying awake, some of us addicts are already doomed and there is no turning back. If you must get your daily does of caffeine into your veins at the crack of dawn, don't turn immediately to energy drinks; try coffee first. Black coffee can have a grounded dirt sort of taste and too much sugar and creamer defeat the purpose of getting a coffee instead of an energy drink. If the taste of coffee itself is too high on the gnar scale for you, try it with some natural sweetener like honey and add some unsweetened almond milk for some extr