Nebraska is home to one of the longest straight roads in the world: I-80W at 77.7 miles. That’s an hour of highway hypnosis waiting for you just outside of Lincoln, and the northern Midwest has plenty of other stretches of highway that can test even the most well-rested driver. Combined with driver fatigue, a common condition caused by too many driving hours or not enough sleep, these straight stretches can put you at risk for a collision or accident. Keep your insurance premiums low with these tips to avoid driver fatigue:
- Regulate your sleep schedule as much as possible. Varying when you go to sleep even by a few hours can take a few days to recover from, especially if that change resulted in you sleeping for fewer hours. Coffee can also play havoc with your sleep, so make sure you know when you’re winding down for the night so you can cut off the caffeine four to six hours beforehand.
- Don’t drive during times when your body is less alert. In general, humans are far less alert between the hours of midnight and six a.m., as well as between two and four p.m. Even if you can’t avoid driving during those hours completely, plan for them: get healthy snacks such as carrots and almonds that can help keep you awake, and if you only drink coffee once a day, save it for one of those windows.
Combating drivers fatigue can be hard, especially with drop-off quotas and schedules to maintain. But staying alert at the wheel keeps you and other drivers safe, which in turn keeps your semi-truck insurance low. If you know you’re a safe driver and want to see what insurance benefits that provides, contact J.E.B. Insurance Services here. We provide commercial truck insurance in Florida, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska.