We all know just how easy it is to fall asleep at the wheel, especially when driving long distances. It is extremely important that one should stay awake and alert while driving because even a small misjudgment could prove to be fatal. Keep these tips in mind to help stay focused on the road. Firstly, don't drive when you're sleep deprived
. “People who are already sleep deprived have the tendency to doze off during the day more often. Obesity and snoring at night could be symptoms of a breathing related sleep disorder which one is not aware of,” said a leading doctor. Avoid alcohol
as this can make you drowsy. “Also, avoid drinking too much coffee or tea the night before the trip. This will interfere with your sleep, making you drowsy behind the wheels,” added the doctor. Avoid taking medicine
s. “Some medicines can also induce drowsiness, especially cough medicine, epilepsy medication and some anti-allergy medicines. Be cautious of this and avoid them before a long drive,” the doctor continued. Break your attention
. “Focus on the road, but move your eyes to surroundings when safe. This will soothe your eyes,” added the doctor. Chew on a gum
, this will get the digestive system working and the brain is on a natural reflex to be up. Take frequent breaks
. “At night take breaks, keep the lights in your car turned on and stay hydrated because the air conditioning can dehydrate the body.” So, there you have it. Follow these tips and drive safe.