Many of us love to drive. In fact, there is practically nothing else that I look forward to more than hopping in the car with my friends and family and taking a nice, long road trip. The freedom of the open road is an experience that leaves lasting memories for one to share year after year. Unfortunately, long trips can cause one to get sleepy. Driving and sleeping do not mix if you are the one behind the wheel. We have all been in the driver’s seat to look over and everyone else is passed out and there you are all alone trying to stay awake. There are a few things that you can do, however, to help you stay awake while driving.
If you happen to decide to take the road alone, play some music. Put on something upbeat and sing along. It is hard to fall asleep while singing, and if you start to find your song getting interrupted by yawns, it's time to pull over.
Eating sugar can help you stay awake, especially when consumed in larger quantities. Beware, however, what goes up (sugar levels) must come down and the crash from a sugar high typically comes quickly and you could quickly find yourself needing a nap. Instead of coffee pack fresh fruit that has natural sugar and lots of water inside. Watermelon is an excellent choice in keeping you awake and hydrated.
If you have company in the car, you have more options to help keep your eyes open. Talk, plan things, discuss politics (of course you might want to save that for the way home), anything to keep your mind active. You can also play games such as "Eye Spy" or the "Alphabet Game" with the kids. They are participation based, and you need to pay attention and interact with another to successfully play. To play the alphabet game, each person starts with the letter "A", find something that starts with that letter, and work your way through the alphabet. The first person to reach the letter "Z" is the winner. Another great game to play while driving is what I call the "Music" or "Movie" game. Again, you start with the letter "A" and name a movie that begins with that like Ace Ventura, then the next person must name a different movie that starts with the last letter of the last word. In this case, you could use Adventures of Robin Hood.
Finally, the best way to stay awake while you are driving is to get out every so often and stretch. Stop somewhere, get out, and get something to eat or drink.
Make sure you take many photos of your trip and write down all your favorite stops along the way. Make sure your vehicle is in tip top shape before you leave and before you head home from your vacation. And always remember, Premier Window Tint’s by LLumar is the best way to keep you and your family safe from damaging UV rays and keeps your eyes safely on the road and block those dangerous sun rays.