Tips to stay awake on your driving way
Many of us think we can keep our minds alert, even when we’re feeling the tug of sleepiness on our brain and bodies. But the truth is that sleep is a powerful biological drive that cannot be overcome even how good you are as a driver! Tricks like rolling down the windows and turning up the radio volume, of course don’t work. So, when you’re about to fall asleep, it’s important to know what to look for and how to handle drowsiness in order to protect the safety of everyone on the road!
You may ask how to tell when you’re too tired to drive? Here are some signs that it’s time to pull over!
- Difficulty in focusing, heavy eyelids, or frequent blinking
- Daydreaming, wandering
- Trouble remembering the last few roads driven
- Missing exits or traffic signs
- Yawning repeatedly or rubbing your eyes
- Trouble keeping your head up
- Drifting from your lane or tailgating
- Feeling restless and irritable
Before a person actually falls asleep while driving, lapses in attention and slow reaction time make driving very dangerous! In fact, driving is a complex activity that involves many small but important split decisions with every passing second. Even if you’re awake, your brain is not functioning optimally to handle these decisions. Studies show that excessive sleepiness decreases our judgment and increases the risks in driving.
The best way to make sure your mind and body are in optimal driving shape is get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep before your drive. Of course, it’s a bit ideal for the busy Hong Kong people! So, take a look at the following tips to stay awake on your driving way!
- Take a short nap before a road trip can help make up for a short night’s sleep
- Don’t rush. It’s better to arrive at your destination safe than on time.
- Do not drink! Even very small amount of alcohol will enhance drowsiness.
- Don’t drive between midnight and 6am. This is a time when sleepiness is most intense because of your body’s biological rhythm.
- For most of the people, drinking caffeine can help to improve alertness. But we should also be aware that the effects of caffeine will wear off after several hours. And caffeine will bring negative effects to our bodies!