If you’re a new driver, you may be delighted to hear that many NTB trucking jobs include night driving shifts. Night driving means advantages such as less traffic on the road and less crowded truck stops. This lends itself to a stress-free drive that new CDL graduates prefer.
However, when driving through the night, it is important to keep yourself alert. Read some of our tips for staying alert and well rested on the road.
Get Appropriate Rest
Make sure that you are getting a good amount of sleep on a regular basis. Once you’re exhausted, it can be harder to get rid of the tiredness and fatigue. Take care of your body when you’re at home and you’ll feel better when you’re away.
Turn The Radio On or Off
If you’ve been sitting in the quiet for a good amount of time, turning the radio on can wake you up. On the other hand, if you have been listening to music or the same talk show for a while, it can put you to sleep. Remember to mix it up which will help you stay alert.
Eating a healthy snack may boost your energy, but it also gives you something to do. Sometimes boredom can lead to drowsiness, so while we don’t recommend snacking on junk food, eating a small healthy snack may be just what your body needs to wake up.
Turn the Air On
When you’re feeling warm and comfortable, it’s easy to snooze off. Try turning the air on, or if it’s already on, turn the air up - cooler temperatures are proven to wake you up.
Roll the Windows Down
Fresh air is a must. If you’ve been cooped up in your truck for a while but aren’t ready to take a break, roll the windows down. The rush of fresh air may be enough to make you feel re-energized. Fresh air is also known to reduce feelings of stress and fatigue, so we highly recommend it.
Take a Break
Finally, if you are feeling tired or fatigued, it is important to take a break. Make a stop and do what your body is telling you it needs. You may feel the urge to walk around and get outside or it could be that you need a power nap. Whatever it is, give in to your body and you’ll feel much better when you get back on the road.
Do you prefer nights? Let us know your tips to stay awake and alert! If you’re interested in being an NTB truck driver, apply today.