truck driver Tips to Staying alert behind the wheel
At NOTS Logistics, we have a team of over 50 experienced truck drivers behind the wheel, running shipments for us weekly. Their safety is our priority. Each truck is equipped with the latest technology, and we strictly enforce FMCSA’s Hours of Service regulations. We encourage each driver to practice these tips to stay alert and awake behind the wheel:
- Eat healthy, protein-packed meals. It is tempting on a long drive to fill up on junk food snacks and fast food. However, these foods are more likely to make you feel sluggish. In order to feel energized and ready to tackle your drive, you need to fuel up on nutritious food. To prevent stopping for fast food, stock up your cab’s refrigerator with healthy options, such as fruits, vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, etc. Keep healthy snacks on hand for when you are started to feel hungry or groggy. Almonds, raisins and protein bars are good options. Try to avoid sugary snacks or candy because after the sugar rush wears off, you are likely to feel more tired than before.
- Stay hydrated. While on the road, it can be easy to become dehydrated (especially if drivers limit their fluid intake to reduce bathroom stops). Dehydration can be very dangerous and lead to fatigue and headaches. It is important that you are consuming enough water, as it fuels and replenishes your body (more so than caffeine). It is okay to have caffeine in limited quantity, such as a cup of coffee each morning. However, too much caffeine can cause dehydration. We recommend purchasing a reusable water bottle and filling it up at each rest stop.
- Keep your cab cool. Cool air will help keep you alert and awake. If your cab is too warm, it can make you feel even more tired. Roll down the window periodically and let fresh air in.
- Listen to music and change up the station. When you are feeling groggy, turn up the music (to a safe listening level). Music is a mood booster and can help wake you up. Don’t listen to the same station all day because then the music can become white noise. Instead, switch it up to different stations to keep you interested. If you need a change of pace, try listening to a podcast. There are tons out there on interesting topics.
- Get out of your truck and walk around. When you start to feel tired or bored, pull over and stretch your legs. The fresh air and activity will help rejuvenate you. Exercise influences your energy levels so try to be physically active at least 30 minutes each day.
While these tips can help you stay alert and awake on your daily drive, it is important that if you feel very tired and need rest to pull over. You should never avoid sleep or fight fatigue to save time. You will then be a hazard to yourself and others on the road.
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