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How To Plan A Safe Overnight Drive

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Overnight drivers face a number of safety threats which can be life-threatening. Fatigue, for example, is a major issue among drivers: those who work the night-shift are twice as likely to fall asleep at the wheel. Drivers face other safety threats as well, including a lack of safe, overnight parking. Fortunately, these safety threats can be minimized with the following tips.

Planning A Safe Overnight Drive

Avoiding Fatigue:

  • Avoid Caffeine (But Still Stay Hydrated)
  • Although it sounds counter-intuitive to avoid grabbing that cup of joe, caffeine will only cause your energy levels to crash and interfere with your quality of sleep, as well. Still remember to stay hydrated to avoid the fatigue associated with dehydration.

  • Entertain Yourself
  • A lack of stimulation is responsible for much of the fatigue drivers experience on the road. Keep your mind occupied by listening to an audio book, turning up the music or rolling down the window.

  • Take Mini-Breaks at Rest Spots Every 2 Hours
  • Stop at safe rest spots every two hours, if possible, to take a walk or to stretch, which will help refresh you by getting your blood flowing again. Cat naps are even better – studies show that even twenty-minute power naps can lead to alertness and improved performance.

  • Pay Attention to Your Body
  • Always be mindful of the signs that your body may be getting tired, including weaving while driving, missing exits or yawning. If you experience any of those symptoms, get off the road immediately.

  • Maximize High-Quality Sleep During Down Time
  • Ensure that you get a good sleep by choosing healthy meals and fitting in regular exercise, which will promote a restful sleep.

  • Plan Out Safe Overnight Parking Spots Ahead of Time (And Get There Early)
  • Plan out safe, overnight parking spots in advance to avoid having to park in illegal or unknown, dangerous locations. If possible, it is also advisable to invest in navigation software, which will provide valuable information while on the road, including safe parking spots and their real-time availability, as well as danger zones.

  • Pack Your Own Snacks
  • Not only will snacks give an energy boost, but they will prevent you from venturing into unknown and possibly unsafe areas.

  • Always Check your Lights Beforehand
  • Always ensure that lights, indicators, hazard warning lights and rear lights are functioning properly before leaving.

  • Keep Up to Date on Weather Conditions
  • There are a number of mobile apps which will keep you up to date on weather conditions, most of which will give you hour-by-hour updates and even send you notifications when snow, rain or hail is expected.

    The most important part is to ensure you’re physically prepared. Driving tired, distracted, or otherwise not completely focused can not only jeopardize your life, but the life of those around you on the road. For more advice and information, contact the Truck Loan Centre team today!

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