Fatigue is dangerous for every driver, but can be fatal for truck drivers. Exhaustion slows down your reactions and can often impair your judgment without you even knowing. We have heard our graduates tell us some interesting tricks to staying awake such as putting rocks in your shoes so the uncomfortable feeling keeps you up, or having a cold rag to put on your face to shock you awake. Some common signs of fatigue are:
- Tiredness or sleepiness
- Loss of appetite
- Digestive problems
- Increased susceptibility to illness
To avoid fatigue and stay alert:
- Drink water instead of coffee
- Exercise regularly, even if it’s a 20 minute brisk walk
- Maintain a healthy diet; choose foods rich in fiber and antioxidants (sugar is tempting for the spike in energy, but you’ll just crash harder later)
- Do not multi-task while driving, keep your eyes on the road!
- Listen to your body, it knows when it’s tired and needs rest
These may work temporarily, but in the end it is rest, diet and exercise that are the best things for your body, in and out of the truck. Take care of your body and you’ll be less stressed, more alert and feeling great. You’ll be able to tackle any challenge the road throws at you. Check out www.cdllife.com/health for great tips for trucker specific exercise, meal ideas and support.