• Never plan to drive more than eight hours per day. • Take a break from behind the wheel either every two hours or every 100 miles. • Don’t plan to drive between the hours of 2 AM and 6 AM. • Have a passenger with you to watch your state and keep you alert. • Be sure to get at least six or seven hours of sleep the night before a big trip. • Don’t start a long trip after a long day at work – or a long day or activities. • Try not to rely heavily on cruise control – keep your mind and body involved in driving your car.
What to do if you become fatigued while on the road:
• Stop at a rest stop and take a 10 to 20 minute nap. Even better, stop for the night at a hotel or motel and continue your trip in the morning. • Drink at least two cups of coffee. • Know that driving with the windows open or with loud music is not and effective way to stay awake. • Be aware of your eyes – if signs start to get blurry or if you have trouble focusing, it’s time to take a break. • Be aware of highway hypnosis – if you find yourself “zoning out” or not able to remember the last few minutes of driving, pull over. • DO NOT continue driving.