Long haul driving can be difficult to get through. Here are 5 tips for the long haul so you can reach your destination safely:
Get Plenty of Sleep.
In order for you to do your job the right way and safely, it’s essential for you to get enough sleep. Your body needs its rest in order to function correctly, and pushing it to the limits will often result in poor driving decision making. Aim to get between 7-8 hours of sleep EVERY night. This will help you to stay sharp and focused so you can enjoy a safe trip.
Take Regular Breaks.
When you have a long haul ahead of you, it’s easy to get complacent and become fatigued while driving. Being complacent or fatigued leaves room for driver error and unsafe driving. To avoid this, schedule yourself regular breaks of at least 15 minutes every 2 hours. Use this time wisely outside of the truck. Get out to stretch, walk around or even do a quick workout to get the blood pumping and to get your focus back on track.
Sleep isn’t the only thing your body needs to function at correctly, your food intake is just as important. Fuel your body right with a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and drink plenty of water. Avoid foods and drinks loaded with sugar or full of caffeine. These foods will only lead to not feeling well and brain fog. It’s difficult to make healthy choices while out on the road, but making those choices will not only benefit you during your long drive, but it will benefit your health in the long run.
Driving solo for long periods of time can sometimes get you down emotionally and make you feel disconnected from family and friends. Avoid this by making regular calls to your loved ones to check in at a certain time daily. Fill the day will texts (of course, do not text and drive) to keep you through the day. On breaks, use social media to stay connected as well.
Avoid Road Rage.
Your stress levels during long hauls can become pretty thin. But it’s important to stay cool, calm and collected so you and everyone you’re sharing the road with can reach their destinations safely. Remember to always maintain the speed limit, adjust your speed during bad weather or when in construction zones. Watch your blind spots and avoid tailgating. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a break so you can calm down and regain your focus.
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