Truck driving is no easy task; it takes hard work, time management skills, and dedication to do the job. As you spend more time driving, your body begins to adjust to the driving schedule. It does become easier to power through your route.
NTB has found that our drivers have the most difficult time driving between the hours of 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., due to several factors. A driver is potentially driving through the night, and at this time, the sun starts to shine and one can start to feel lethargic. Following are our top three ways to combat this challenging time period.
When the sun starts poking through in the early morning, it may be an indicator to take a short break and move around. An easy solution is to pull over into a truck stop. Taking a walk around the truck a few times gets your blood pumping again, making the remainder of the drive easier.
Fueling Your System
Another way to combat the early morning drowsiness is to eat a snack. A quick bite to eat will provide you with more energy and take your mind off your tiredness. Fruit or nuts are a good snack choice while on the road because they are superfoods that easily convert into energy. An added benefit is that they are healthy!
Water may be the easiest solution to combat this early morning sluggish feeling. Staying hydrated is one of the most important things to do while on the road. Dehydration not only makes you less alert, but it also makes you more irritable and drowsy. Stock up on plenty of water bottles prior to the start of your drive so that you are ready to fight the challenges of these hours.
Always remember to take care of yourself while on the road, and don’t hesitate to pull over and contact dispatch if you are feeling unsafe at any point during your drive.