Friday, 26 August 2016

5 Tips to Help Keep Truck Drivers Awake

5 Tips to Help Keep Truck Drivers Awake
5 Tips to Help Keep Truck Drivers Awake
Sleeping is always a concern for truckers — but on the flip side, so is staying awake.

While truckers are out on the road, the danger of falling asleep at the wheel is ever present. While we normally give you sleeping tips, today we’re going to focus on tips to help keep truck drivers awake!

Exhaustion Awareness

Yeah, you’re gonna get exhausted working on a flatbed all day. Really, any job will tire you out.

Make sure you’re awake and alert before you start driving, and you’ll be in a better place throughout. If you do find yourself exhausted, follow some of the other tips in this blog.

Get Better Sleep

As we’ve said before, sleeping can be hard. But if you plan on a long haul, do your best to get 7-8 hours of sleep before and every time you’re parked for the night.

Of course, if you need to knock out a pre-drive nap shortly before taking off, that’s also not a bad idea.

Being Mindful

Like we said for meditation, being at peace in your mind will help you a lot.

When you’re out on the road, you can find yourself angry or sad at your co-workers, family members, and friends. But that kind of emotional stimulation can lead to exhaustion.

Keep yourself even tempered and focus on the job at hand.

Change the Conditions

Sometimes blaring the volume on your satellite radio or music player can give you the jolt of energy you need to make a drive. If you’re listening to talk radio droning on, maybe turn it off, or change the station.

It’s the same with your cab’s temperature. If you’re too cold, you may get sleepy, and you run the same risk when it is too warm.

Finding the right balance with your volume, your temperature, and even your seat placement can change your alertness during the drive.

Caffeine Levels

Everybody knows, if you’re tired, drink some coffee. But could there be a negative trade off to drinking coffee?

If you’re in a pinch and need to stay awake, it’s your best bet.

But if you drink too much coffee in a day, you will negatively impact your sleep schedule with that much caffeine.

So while you want to stay awake, you don’t want to lose sleep.

Coffee can stay in your system for up to 14 hours, so keep that in mind when you down a cup a few hours before calling it a night.

Of course, there are always other things you can do to help yourself stay awake. With a good fitness routine and a better planned diet, you’re going to find your energy levels skyrocketing.

So let’s not fall asleep at the wheel on our health, or in our trucks! At least you know, no matter how tired you get, as the premier trucking management software, TruckLogics will help you sleep easier at night.

Do you have a healthy way to stay awake when you drive? Let us know in the comments!

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