How to fight fatigue on long journeys

How to fight fatigue on long journeys 15th July 2014

A big danger for drivers who are taking on long journeys is getting too tired while on the road. This is something that could have disastrous consequences for the driver, their passengers and other road users if they fall asleep at the wheel.

Even so, there are times when drivers will feel as though they are compelled to travel or when they are simply caught out feeling tired while behind the wheel. If this happens to you, it is important that you follow certain tactics to fight fatigue while on the road.

Should you start to feel tired then it is important to find somewhere to stop to recuperate. Find your nearest service station and then pop in to buy a coffee. Then wait around about 20 minutes while you wait for the caffeine to get working before you get behind the wheel again. But before you can find somewhere to stop you need to find a way to keep yourself awake.

One way that can be effective in making sure the driver stays awake while on a long journey is to blast themselves with cold air from the aircon. Keeping cool will stop you from getting too warm and starting to fall asleep.

Of course, for this to work you have to make sure your aircon system is in good working order. Therefore, it is worth booking in with ATS Euromaster to have an air conditioning service.

Another way to keep yourself awake is to make sure that you keep conversing with your passengers as this will help to keep your mind alert and awake. It may also be worth switching on the radio and turning it up fairly loud so that the noise will stop you from falling asleep.

If you find that you are still feeling very tired despite these attempts to keep yourself awake, then you need to take proper rest. Perhaps find a service station with somewhere to stay and book a night there.

Posted by Danielle Barge