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8 Tips to help long haul truck drivers stay awake

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For a long haul truck driver driving for a full service trucking company, the ride can get boring very quickly. The transportation industry documented 432.9 billion miles in 2006, which translates to about 500 miles per day.

A short haul truck driver will rarely have to deal with the struggle to stay awake during a delivery, but this is a reality most long haul truck drivers face each day. For those researching how to become a truck driver or tips for the 2 million tractor trailers driven by long haul truck drivers, you’ve come to the right place. Here a few tips for staying awake while on the road.

Take a nap.
Before you hit the road, take a 20-minute cat nap to give your body a boost for the long trip ahead. Studies show that sleeping for less than an hour gives your body the energy it needs to stay awake longer. Don’t resist your body’s natural urge to rest. Give in. Your body will thank you later.

Eat a healthy meal.
Although it’s very easy to find yourself in the drive-thru of your favorite fast food restaurant, go for the healthy alternative and avoid that stop altogether. The fat and sugar contained in most fast foods will increase your chances of becoming sleepy.

Take vitamins.
Vitamins B and C are good for boosting energy. Take them with a healthy meal to reap the full benefits.

Pull over if you get tired.
When and if you feel yourself getting tired, pull over. Get out of the cab and stretch your legs to get your blood flowing again. Use the time to inspect your truck once again in addition to boosting your energy.

Turn up the volume.
If you’re listening to music, turn up the volume. Listen to music that will get your energized and sing along with it. It’s just you, so no need to be embarrassed, let loose.

Listen to an audio book.
If music isn’t your thing, listen to an audio book. Keeping your mind engaged on the content will help you stay awake. Listening to someone else’s voice may also help you feel less lonely and that someone is in the cab with you.

Open the window
If there is a nice, crisp breeze outside, crack open the window. The cold air will give your body a temporary boost and keep you awake a little longer.

Stay hydrated
Contrary to belief, drinking plenty of water will reduce your chances of fatigue. Though you may be making frequent breaks, dehydration causes fatigue and no one wants that. In addition to drinking water, try to avoid caffeine. It will wear off, leaving you even more tired and can cause you to stop for the restroom even more often than water.

Now that you know the ways to keep yourself safe and awake as a long haul truck driver, you are ready to find truck driving jobs and hit the road.

 
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