Tips for not falling asleep at the wheel

29 juin 2018

Falling asleep behind the wheel is one of the main factors responsible for accidents. Any driver may feel drowsy on the road. In this kind of situation, it is important to recognize the signs of fatigue and be vigilant in avoiding driving right away. How to avoid the risk of accidents and avoid falling asleep at the wheel? Royal Car Rental, expert in car hire in Mauritius, optimizes your safety by providing you with tips. 

Take action against drowsy driving

Recognizing signs of fatigue is a good start to prevent falling asleep while driving. Numbness in the legs, repetitive yawning, blinking of the eyes, difficulty to concentrate ... these are all good reasons to pause and stop, even for 5 minutes. These are warning signs that should not be taken lightly. Take the opportunity to have a snack or drink a coffee. If you are in the middle of nowhere, treat yourself to a "power nap" before pursuing your way. Nothing better than taking a nap to feel refresh and hit the road again with confidence. If sleepiness persists, turn on the music louder (avoid soft music) and open your windows to get some fresh air.

Other tips:

- Avoid starch-rich foods such as pasta, rice and bread before setting off because they contain melatonin, a hormone that plays an important role in the sleep process. Prefer food rich in vitamins and especially avoid alcohol.

- Drink a coffee before you leave.

- Avoid drugs that will encourage sleep.

- Avoid driving at late hours.

- Finally, put on the air conditioning because the cold wakes up.