Tips for Truck Drivers: Healthy Ways to Stay Awake on Long Hauls

Long hauls equate to long workdays for truck drivers. While Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules limit the total number of hours you can drive over a given time without rest, you might still pull a long driving shift. Rather than rely on stimulants, try these healthy ways to stay awake on long hauls.

  • Before you begin a long haul, take a nap. A short power nap before you begin can deliver the rest your body needs to make it through the long hours. Don’t hesitate to pull over and take a 15- to 20-minute power nap if you start feeling tired.
  • Take a hike. Make it a short one, but getting out and stretching your legs gets blood flowing and gives you an energy burst that will help keep your body and mind alert. Truck drivers find getting out of the cab and stretching their legs is a welcome break from sitting behind the wheel.
  • Eat for the long haul. A high-energy meal filled with complex carbohydrates and protein gives you long-lasting energy to make it through the long hours of driving. Brown rice and chicken, whole-wheat pasta and eggs, or even spaghetti and meatballs before a long drive could make the difference.
  • Take your vitamins. Vitamins B6, B12 and C, along with a high-energy meal, helps your body run more efficiently and makes the best use of the fuel you’ve ingested. Truck drivers should avoid unhealthy caffeine and sweets to power up. Your body burns through sugary substances quickly, and then leaves you suddenly low on energy.
  • Keep it cool. Make it a little colder in the cab than comfortable, especially in the winter. If it gets too warm you can start to get drowsy. Better to be a chilly and alert than warm and sleepy.

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