Sleep-deprived drivers run the risk of becoming drowsy while on the road.
- Get at least six hours of good sleep the night before a trip – eight hours or more is preferred.
- Take a break every two hours or every 150 miles – sooner, if necessary. Going on a short walk or stretching helps increase blood flow and alertness. If possible, find a safe place where to rest or nap.
- Avoid being on the road from midnight to 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. – times when the body typically wants to rest.
- Travel with a passenger who will stay awake and keep a conversation going.
- Drink a caffeinated beverage and wait about 30 minutes for it to enter into the bloodstream.