Tips to Stay Awake on the Road as a owner operator

Truck driving can be a great career. Many owner operators thrive on the open road. That being said, there are times when it can become monotonous and tiring. This can be disastrous and lead to accidents so it is important to make sure that you find ways to keep your eyes open when you are driving. 

Here are some tips to help you stay awake on the road. 

Make sure that you get enough sleep at night. If you aren’t well-rested when you get behind the wheel, you are going to struggle to stay awake all day.

If you struggle with staying awake, ask someone to come with you. You may be able to bring someone with you when you are driving, especially for those long travels. Some couples even work together, taking turns driving and keeping each other company.  However, make sure you check with your insurance agent to make sure passengers are allowed and covered in case of an accident.

If you aren’t able to bring someone along, you may want to keep the radio turned up. Noise is a great way to stay awake so if you are starting to feel sleepy, turn the radio up a little bit. 

Or you could call someone who will gladly talk to you as you drive. However, this needs to be hands free so you can get to your destination safely. That being said, it may be too distracting for you so you might want to avoid this when you are driving. 

Keep your windows down (or keep it cooler in the cab of your truck). You are less likely to fall asleep if you are colder. If you have the heat cranked up, you are going to feel sleepier so it might be best to have the windows down, the air on, or the heat down to make sure that you are as alert as possible. 

If you are serious about getting your load delivered, you need to make sure that you are getting enough sleep at night. You need to feel rested before you get behind the wheel. You might want to bring someone along (if you are able to). If not, listen to the radio or call someone who will talk to you so you don’t fall asleep. It is also a good idea to keep it cooler in the cab of your truck. 

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David Ott

David Ott