Staying Awake and Alert at the Wheel
Avoid alcohol, stop for light meals and snacks and drink plenty of water.
Be aware that some medications, such as antihistamines and muscle relaxers, can cause drowsiness. Donāt take them when you have to drive.
Get enough sleep, a good seven or eight hours before you start off.
Avoid long drives at night, the glare of lights on your dashboard and outside your car increases the danger of highway hypnosis.
Don't use cruise control, keep everybody involved in driving.
Take frequent breaks, stop at a gas station or restaurant at least every 100 miles or every two hours. Get out of the car and walk around and stretch.
Break the monotony, Turn the radio on for a while, then turn it off. Vary your speed within the speed limit, sing, and stretch your arms and legs.
Submitted by Chris Hess who teaches PE at Willow Springs Elementary in Killeen, TX. These were adpated from Vitality Wellness Magazine (October, 1999). Chris is the Mangaging Editor of PE Central's Wellness Tips of the Week. Thanks for contributing to PE Central!