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How to Stay Alert While Driving

When you're on the road for an extended amount of time, it's common to become drowsy. It's extremely dangerous to drive your car when you're unable to stay awake so take precautions to make sure that you're rested enough to keep you, your passengers, and other drivers on the road safe. Here are some suggestions that will help keep you alert and aware while on the road.

 

Eat some healthy food

Healthy food gifts your body energy which is crucial to sustaining itself. Before the drive, eat a healthy meal of energizing foods that will keep your body healthy and awake. Protein and complex carbohydrates are the best things to eat to guarantee alertness. Stay away from high sugar foods that will rob your energy leaving you fatigued behind the wheel. Stay away from fast foods!

 

Vitamins

Certain vitamins help you from dozing off at the wrong times. Taking a vitamin B or C tablet after a meal can be beneficial. Be sure to chat with your doctor if you're currently taking medications.

 

Take a nap before the drive

Even just a 20-minute nap can make a world of difference when you need to be focused on the road. A nap is incredibly beneficial when you need to be recharged. Be sure to schedule your time before your drive wisely so you can slip in some rest. The payoff will be worth it when you're moving on the road.

 

Drive at the right time

Choose driving times when you generally are the most energetic. Throughout the day your natural energy peaks and valleys. Be aware of when you feel most alert. Are you a morning person or are you more mindful driving later in the evening?

 

Below are other ideas to keep your energy up while driving:

 

  • Listen to an audio book

  • Stop frequently

  • Drink plenty of water

  • Keep the window open and breathe in the fresh air

  • Have a buddy in the car to talk to

  • Have your favorite music playing and sing it like you mean it

If you want any more suggestions on how to stay energized while driving or have any other auto repair inquiries, contact us at Mast Service Center to schedule an appointment. We're located at 8608 North State Road 19 in Etna Green, IN 46524.

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