Tips for Surviving a Long Drive

If you have a trip or a long drive ahead of you, you need to know the best way to get you there safely and comfortably. There is more to a road trip than packing – “Highway Hypnosis” is common when you aren’t prepared for what lies ahead.
More than 60% of drivers say they have gotten behind the wheel while sleepy according to a recent study. So you need to be prepared for your long drive to stay alert and energized. These tips should help you get there:

This post is sponsored by Volvo Cars North Miami.

GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Don’t start out sleepy – too many times have I went to bed late packing or preparing for my trip, and getting up early around 2 or 3 a.m. That doesn’t leave a lot of time to be well rested for any day, let alone a long day of driving. Be sure to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night for a few nights before your trip – that way you know you are plenty well rested.

BODY FUEL
Having a snack bag with vitamin-rich and healthy food can help keep you stay focused on your long drive, versus stopping and having fast food. Think nuts, cheese, apples, grapes, and so on.

KEEP HYDRATED
Keeping hydrated gives you maximum energy – however the downfall to that is more stops for bathroom breaks.

CHEW GUM
Chewing gum can actually help keep you awake! The repetitive process increases circulation and alertness – and it works with sugar free!

SIT UP STRAIGHT
Make sure that your seat is properly adjusted for your body ,and tilted for maximum blood flow. If you start to feel tired, or in that ‘highway hypnosis, sit up, take some deep breaths, move from side to side and wake your body up!

KEEP YOUR MIND ACTIVE
Listen and sing along to some music, or my favorite, use a book on tape to keep your brain active.

Whatever you do, don’t drive tired! Pull over, take a nap, get out and get some exercise! Your destination isn’t going anywhere – be safe!

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