Long haul truck on the road

6 Tips to Help Long Haul Truck Drivers Stay Awake at the Wheel

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 100,000 accidents occur annually due to drowsy drivers that doze off on the road.

In fact, sleep deprivation is one of the most common causes of trucking accidents. With long hours on the road meeting deadlines along the supply chain, it can get dangerous without taking the proper health measures to ensure you’re alert and ready to rock it.

Here are our top 6 tips to help you stay smart and savvy while driving your long haul truck.

  • Take a power nap before getting behind the wheel. Studies show that as much as 20-45 minutes of rest can help you feel refreshed. Be careful not to overdo it though. Over 90 minutes of sleep can put you in sleep inertia.
  • Make sure you’re eating for energy. That means eating healthy foods that boost energy, such as fruits, vegetables, protein and grains. Add some Vitamin B & C, known to energize. Ditch sugary, fatty foods, which can make you feel lethargic and sleepy.
  • Take a cool shower. Notice we said cool and not hot. That’s because cold water helps wake up your body while hot water tends to relax muscles and mind.
  • Pump up the tunes. There’s nothing like some upbeat music to get your juices flowing. If you’re feeling tired, try singing along to your favorites. Audiobooks are a great way to keep your mind captivated on those long roads as well.
  • Drink that water. It really is a miracle that transforms the body! Staying hydrated is a great way to keep energy levels up and to help your brain stay focused and alert.
  • If you’re dozing, PULL OVER. Don’t risk it and don’t put pressure on yourself. If you find that your eyes are shutting, be responsible and pull over on the side of the road or in a rest area to catch some zzz’s.
Courtney L.
April 13, 2018
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