posted 4 years ago

How To Stay Alert While Driving

Even the village idiot knows that it is important to stay alert while driving.

Even the village idiot knows that it is important to stay alert while driving. However, this can be tricky after a hard day's work, a poor night's sleep, or a relaxing spa treatment. As such, Simon Elstow from The Institute of Advanced Motorists has some tips that combat fatigue:

- Disengage cruise control to prevent boredom.

- Plan your journey to include a break every two hours. Before you set off and when you stop, check Traffic Master on your phone or online for hold ups and hazards.

- Carry a bottle of water to keep you hydrated, but pull over to a safe place to drink it.

- Consider taking an alternative, more interesting route to keep you engaged. Check your map for another route or set your sat nav to avoid motorways.

- If you start to feel sleepy, find a safe place to stop as soon as you can. The Highway Code advises drinking a couple of cups of strong coffee before a short nap so the caffeine starts to work when you start driving again.

- Where possible, share the driving.

Mr Elstow said: “Motorways are our safest roads however they are monotonous. If you’re embarking on a long journey, get a good night’s rest and use this advice to make sure you’re alert throughout.”