-2.1 C
New York City
Saturday, April 13, 2024
Home Driving Lessons Safety Tips Ester Holiday Trip: What To Do When You Feel Drowsy on Wheels

Ester Holiday Trip: What To Do When You Feel Drowsy on Wheels

EUGENE HERBERT

This year, Easter weekend does not fall during the school holidays. Consequently, many families may have to restrict their travels to the four-day long weekend only.

As a result, many drivers may be much more vulnerable to fatigued driving.

There are a few things that drivers can do to prevent driving while tired. The first, and most ideal, step is to be selective about your travels, when you have a time limit. Avoid travelling too far within a short space of time and placing unnecessary pressure on yourself.

Sometimes, a cup of coffee could be handy, according to experts

Rather stay close to home so that you drive refreshed and fully alert and return home without needing a holiday from your holiday.

Other tips include:

  • Plan your trip to select the best route, schedule regular breaks and to be aware of any driving conditions that can increase fatigue such as long stretches with road works.
  • Pack nutritious snacks that supply a consistent source of energy and avoid food that can result in energy slumps.
  • Ensure you get a good night’s rest before you leave.
  • Share driving duties with someone else in the vehicle and ensure you swap drivers or take a break as soon as you feel drowsy.
  • If stimulants such as coffee help keep you stay alert, make use of these but with the cognisance that they can also cause a slump in energy after a certain amount of time after consuming them.
  • Make sure children are adequately entertained so that they do not only distract you but also increase fatigue levels.
  • If you are driving alone and you suddenly feel drowsy, it is better to stop for 20 minutes, if there is a safe spot to do so, and rest. This can be a quick nap, if that normally helps you, or taking the opportunity to stretch your legs. Continuing to drive through the drowsiness can be very dangerous.

Ultimately, every driver knows what works best for them when staying refreshed and alert. Make sure you undertake these measures If you are travelling this Easter weekend and, particularly, if you are limited to four days. It is a mistake to ignore your drowsiness as it can have tragic consequences for many. Do not become a statistic this Easter not making yourself vulnerable to fatigued driving.

Eugene Herbert is the CEO of South Africa-based MasterDrive.

©Copyright MOTORING WORLD INTERNATIONAL.All rights reserved. Materials, photographs, illustrations and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior written permission from Motoring World International

Contact[email protected]

Most Popular

On MotoringWorld TV: How Nigerian States Certify Vehicles that are not Roadworthy

As revealed by Femi Owoeye and Rotimi Asher in this special episode of MotoringWorld TV, one factor that must have contributed in no small...

Research Report: How to Prevent Electric Vehicle Fire

When it comes to transport, safety is of the utmost importance, and due to the exponentially increasing demand in the electric vehicle market, the...

Is Ekiti State under BAO Another Elephant Project Regime?

FEMI OWOEYE Being one of the least developed in Nigeria, Ekiti State is begging for infrastructure, especially roads and power. Ekiti is not Lagos. Neither...

Crash Test: Euro NCAP Releases Safety Results for Three Highly Anticipated Cars

Euro NCAP has released safety ratings for three trendy crossovers: the new Honda's CR-V, the new Toyota C-HR and the NIO EL6 As revealed by the...