For some, insomnia is torture and punishment. And for those who have to spend a long time behind the wheel, sleep is dangerous — sleep at the wheel. More than a third of all accidents and road accidents occur due to driver fatigue.
Vacations and vacation trips are ahead — to a country house in the suburbs or by autotourists in Europe. Any trip longer than 5 hours can be considered a long trip. Especially if the driver usually drives shorter distances and is not used to long driving.
Signs of overwork
- It becomes difficult to concentrate. You notice that you do not remember how you drove the last section of the road, you stop noticing traffic signs. The gaze is fixed somewhere on the horizon, and it is difficult to transfer it to the visibility zone in front of the hood.
- There is a desire to move as little as possible, and hold the steering wheel with one finger.
- Blinking becomes slow — you don’t want to open your eyes. Dry in the mouth.
- I want to change the position of the body, stretch.
Passengers may notice that the driver’s responses become less intelligible and follow with some delay. The car can often be brought to the side of the road, then to the oncoming lane, the driver does not keep the distance well, the movement occurs at an unstable speed.
How to avoid overwork
- Before the road, be sure to get a good night’s sleep.
- Do not take any drugs that reduce the ability to concentrate. Such drugs are often prescribed for the prevention and treatment of depression, hypertension, allergies, colds, etc.
- You need to stop every 2–3 hours to warm up or just wash yourself with cold water (preferably carbonated, tickling gas bubbles enhances the effect)
- Make sure the cabin is not too warm. It is useful to open the window — fresh air invigorates better than energy drinks.
- Before a long journey, you need proper nutrition: enough high-calorie, but not too plentiful and heavy.
- Take a companion and talk to him. If the passenger begins to nod off, send him to the back seat so that he does not put him to sleep with his appearance.
- If there is music or radio, you need to either change stations and musical styles, or alternate sound and silence.
- It is better not to drink energy drinks. Natural coffee or strong tea is healthier.
- It is very invigorating to knead the muscles in the cervical-collar zone.
Experienced drivers say that regular rest stops and warm-ups do not lengthen the journey time very much, but they significantly reduce the likelihood fall asleep at the wheel from fatigue and generally nowhere to come.