Make it a habit to check your vehicle if it is roadworthy before you drive it. Additionally, before you drive off, always remember to have your seat belt on. These are only some of the best practices that ensure your safety on the road. But aside from this, you need to stay alert while driving.
Mainly because you will be able to react immediately in case of any road mishap that may lead to a serious accident.
Statistics show that a great percentage of vehicular accidents can be attributed to drowsy driving, which occurs when the driver tends to fall asleep behind the wheel. Oftentimes, it is only after a car accident that they are awakened and get the adrenaline rush to sort out what happened. But because the driver may not be fully in his senses, he may fail to recognize the seriousness of the accident, document the scene or he may even forget to file a written report of it.
To avoid these unfortunate scenarios on the road and ensure your safety while driving, it is important to stay alert behind the wheel.
Pull-over and take a nap
If you feel sleepy, the best thing to do is to pull over for a while and take a power nap. A 10 to 15-minute rest will rejuvenate you and get you going, particularly if you still have a long way to go. Next time, remember to have a good night’s rest before embarking on another long drive. After your nap, get out of our vehicle for a while and go for a walk around your car. This will stimulate the nerves in your body.
Stop to get some coffee
Another way to keep your eyes open on the road is stopping to go and get some coffee fix. The caffeine in your bloodstream will surely awaken your senses. However, if you are not fond of coffee, then try munching on some energy bars or other energy-inducing foods rather than on chips which only offer empty calories. You can also munch on some gum to keep your taste buds alert.
Turn on the music
When you already feel tired, try listening to some music while you are driving to keep you awake. Sing to the tune of the song if you have to. Otherwise, you can also listen to an audiobook to keep your mind active and stimulated while you are on the road. In addition to this, try to keep your vehicle cool because a hot car can contribute to your sleepiness.
To wrap things up, staying alert while driving is important because you will reduce the likelihood of getting involved in a vehicular accident. Pull-over if you have to and take a nap if you feel sleepy. You can also have a stopover to get your caffeine or energy mix. You can also turn the beat up to make you feel energetic. All these are geared towards ensuring that you are snappy behind the wheel.