LifeSpy has an excellent post on how to avoid fatigue while driving. While lifespy stresses the need to be fatigue-free when driving stick-shifts, I would say it’s even more dangerous when driving a vehicle with automatic transmission. That’s because automatics require less effort, and drivers tend to take driving for granted. So sometimes you just keep your foot on the gas pedal and let the car do the thinking for you while you doze off! Manual transmission vehicles at least require more thinking from the driver, and I would say that keeps one alert.
Here are Alex’s tips.
# Donâ€™t drink and drive!
# Eat a light meal just before along drive. Avoid stuffing yoursel, though, as it may make you even more drowsy.
# A slightly warm interior can make you drowsy, so either turn up the AC or roll down a window to let some air in. Just find the right temperature that isnâ€™t too warm or too cold. Just enough to keep you alert but comfortable.
# Turn on the radio and switch to a lively tune. Sing along if you want, just donâ€™t get distracted and keep your focus on the road.
# Stop over once every couple or so hours. Take a walk around to improve your bodyâ€™s circulation. Being in one position can slow down your metabolism. Improved circulation can help battle fatigue.
# A cup of hot coffee or some cold soda can help keep you awake too with the dose of caffeine and sugar will help you get some charge. Just donâ€™t drink too much or you might become too agitated too.