When you have a long haul ahead of you, it’s critical that you plan ahead to ensure for both your wellbeing and safety. Exhaustion and discomfort while on the road may be common side effects, but they don’t have to be. Try utilizing these five tips on your next long haul to have a more relaxed, less uncomfortable trip.
If you will be on a long drive make sure to start planning days in advance. Ensuring that you’re getting at least seven hours of sleep for the two nights before your trip can help significantly when it comes to avoiding exhaustion. Having a buildup of rest can help prevent fatigue early on. Additionally, take note of the bodies natural urges. For most, the hours of 1-3pm include a drop in body temperature that leads to tiredness. This makes these hours the perfect time to stop for a long break and nap.
One of the worst enablers of tiredness and discomfort on the road is junk food and dehydration. Drinking plenty of water and ensuring you’re eating nutrient rich, healthy foods is a great way to stay alert and focused. Almonds, carrots, and apple slices are all great options for snacks on your drive as they can help keep you alert.
On long trips, making time every two hours or so get out and stretch your legs is critical to ensuring that your body is well cared for. Making plans for these stops to include interesting locations is a great way to make the trip go by faster.
Ensuring that the cab of your truck stays relatively clean and odor free can be a great way to help make long rides easier. Some scents, mainly citrus and mint based ones, can also help keep you awake and alert more easily. Having an air freshener can be useful for this exact reason.
Last but not least, practicing good posture is something that can make a huge difference in your comfort long term. Not only will it ensure that you are more comfortable on your current trip, but bad posture can lead to significant health issues over time.
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