How to Stay Awake on Long Drives

As a truck driver, it can be difficult to keep yourself entertained during long drives. If you find yourself struggling to stay awake, try out these tips to ensure that you are safe and alert on the road.

  • Turn up the radio
    • by listening to music or books on tape, you are stimulating your brain in ways that wouldn’t be possible if you were to just sit in silence. Books on tape allows you to interact with what you’re hearing and engage in some sort of consideration. Listening to loud music you don’t typically listen to keeps your brain stimulated. Want to get more involved? Sing along!
  • Have a snack
    • By eating foods that are tart or take a long time to chew, you are forcing yourself to stay awake longer. Carrots are good for this because they take a while to chew and they can be eaten with one hand. Have an apple or an orange for something tangy to wake up your taste buds.
  • Move it
    • If you feel yourself getting tired, wake up your body by pulling over for some exercise. Just a quick round of jumping jacks can help raise your heart rate and keep you awake longer.
  • Open the window
    • By keeping the temperature in your truck’s cabin cool, you avoid the risk of getting too comfortable. Open the window for a quick refresher, or just turn the AC on for a while.