Are you a drowsy driver? Falling asleep behind the wheel is scary, and not something we hope any of you will ever have to deal with. That’s why yesterday was Drowsy Driver Awareness Day. In honor of that, we’ve compiled a list of 5 tips to battle drowsy driving:
Grab a Healthy Energy Boost
While caffeine like coffee or Redbull offer a quick fix, the effects often wear off quickly and leave you more tired than before. Instead, opt for a healthy snack that can boost energy levels. Grab a snack that is full of healthy carbs and proteins, like fresh fruit, baby carrots or peanut butter with crackers. Wash it down with water to add an extra oomph of energy.
You’re less likely to fall asleep if you’re uncomfortable. Blast yourself with chilly air by rolling down the windows or cranking the AC. Change the way you’re sitting in your seat so that it’s not completely comfortable or (even though it’s not much fun) think about a frustrating issue in your life.
Get Your Heart Pumping
If you’re on a long trip, staying in the driver’s seat too long can be what’s causing your drowsiness (not that you’re actually sleepy). If that’s the case, pull in at a gas station or rest stop and get your blood pumping. Do jumping jacks, jog around the parking lot or take a brisk walk—the increase in your heart rate will give you a burst of energy.
Start a Conversation
Is there someone in the passenger’s seat? If so, start up a lively conversation to keep your mind off the drowsiness. Riding solo? Use a hands-free device to call a friend or family member. If you decide to take this route, make sure you know the rules of the state you’re driving in—some outlaw cell phones of any kind while driving.
Stop and Take a Nap
Sometimes the only way to fight off drowsiness is to give in to it. Especially if you’re on a long road trip, it’s okay to stop for a quick catnap, or pull in to a hotel for the night. If you’re traveling close to home, think about how important it really is to get to where you’re going—can you spare a few hours to sleep before heading on your way?
Not all of these tips are guaranteed to work for everyone. Try them out and see which works the best for your body. And remember, if all else fails, stop and sleep!
Do you have tips for drowsy drivers? Leave them in the comments section!