Health Tips for Truckers

Long haul driving safety tips

When you’re in it for the long haul, everyone reaches a point at some time or another when they get worn out. The fact of the matter is, driving while drowsy puts yourself and others at risk. Below are some great tips for you to consider while on the roads to avoid collisions, physical damage, and keep you and others on the roads safe.

 
Power nap
Do not drive with one eye open. If you feel the need for sleep, it is perfectly fine to take a short rest. Pull over for a 20 minute nap, long enough to rest your eyes and brain, without making you drowsier when you are ready to get back on the road. When you pull over, be sure to park in a well-lit, safe area. Cargo thefts aren’t just the stuff of pirate tales, it happens all across the United States – protect yourself at all times.
Take Breaks
Getting up and walking can do a lot to wake you up. Taking a short 10 minute break can do a lot and help you power through the day’s drive. Whether it be a bathroom break or going to get a snack, it can perk you up for next hour or two of driving. Consider taking a brisk walk – walking stimulates your brain and gets the blood flowing.
Eat Healthy Food
Constant stops at gas stations usually equal one thing: gas station food (candy, soda, energy drinks, chips, and room temperature pizza slices). While these things may wake you up for a bit, they do not leave a positive lasting impact on your ability to drive. Not only do some of these foods affect your digest system, they also result in a lack of energy later. Instead, eat foods high in protein and fiber. The vitamins and minerals found in healthy foods dodge sleepiness.
Keep yourself Entertained
While on the road, it is important that you keep your mind alert. Listen to an interesting audiobook, podcast, or public radio station - actively listen to and pay attention. By doing any of these options, your brain doesn’t lull into sleepiness and you will stay safely between the lines of the road.
Get a full night of sleep
One of the most important and most obvious things a truck driver can do is get a full night of 8 hours of sleep before a drive. A well-rested driver has faster reactions and is safer on the road.

 
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