How can we avoid sleeping when driving?

How can we avoid sleeping when driving?
Car's are vital assets, they solve a lot of problems in the society, by providing easy movement to any accessible destination. Driving is mostly enjoyable, therefore countless individuals love the hobby. Sleeping while driving has caused a lot of havoc in contemporary times, and with the rising percentage of sleeping related accidents, adequate measures are required to mitigate it's occurrence.

A saddening event occurred recently, which prompted a need for each society to ensure their roads are safe, and drivers rest properly before driving. The mind has a lot of things calling it's attention, all these contributes to the way each individual respond to their surrounding. Sleeping while driving could cause deafening hazards, so how can we avoid such sudden sleep, and help in saving lives?


gata montes
Obviously the best way and only way to avoid falling asleep while driving is not to drive when you are over tired - meaning - its always wise to ensure that you've had a good nights sleep beforehand and especially so if undertaking a long journey.

On top of which its also generally advisable to take frequent breaks/rests - particularly bearing in mind that - its not always easy to tell when you're too tired to drive - however - if starting to lose concentration or feeling drowsy the first thing you should always do - not just for your own safety but that of other road users - as well as your passengers - is to pull over and either have a nap or at least a walk around in the fresh air.

That said - although many people think that opening the window or turning up the music will help them stay awake and avoid drowsiness - it rarely does - as not only is doing that actually dangerous in the sense that they can distract you from driving - the latter of which - does require 100 % of your attention - but they more importantly give a false sense of security - as they make you feel like you're okay to be driving when you're actually not!
Posted by gata montes on 11-24-2017
I have been driving for 4 years now and I'd say I am safe when it comes to getting sleepy. Maybe it is my age that I am still active. But my husband who is 62 gets sleepy sometimes especially when there is heavy traffic and it is past our bedtime. In the olden days, he would light up a cigarette to wake him up and that does the trick. But he quit smoking in 2007 and what he does now to keep him awake is to drink Coke. When he thinks that it is probable for him to be sleepy while driving, we would buy Coke in a convenience store so he can drink it while driving.
Posted by Corzhens on 11-24-2017
You must always have someone with you and keep talking. I remember when I was on a long distance bus journey the driver of the bus had someone next to him and they kept talking and this was only to keep the driver awake. Even drinking tea can keep one awake. I used to do that during our exams while studying to keep me awake.
Posted by iamawriter on 11-24-2017
Here are some of the ways to avoid sleeping when driving never drive in night. If you have to drive at night, take afternoon nap on the night you have to drive. Drink strong coffee, coffee will wash away your sleepiness. Have a traveling companion and talk with him/her all the time
Posted by vinaya on 11-24-2017
If you mean strong coffee is espresso, that reminds me of our former boss who took espresso coffee in a big mug. He didn’t know that the espresso is so strong that the effect of a small glass will last him the whole day. And it so happened that he had consumed a large glass. When we met again, he related that he was awake the entire night considering that he drank the espresso after dinner. It was really a big mistake that’s why I avoid drinking coffee for I am scared of the espresso.
Posted by Corzhens on 04-23-2018
If you’re tired enough that you actually catch yourself nodding off, then the best way to stay awake while driving is to just find a safe place and pull over for a while. It may not sound glamorous, but it really is the safest possible action you can take. Caffeine can keep you going for a long time, and drowsiness detection technologies can jolt you back awake if you start to nod off, but there comes a time when you need to give up, stop trying to stay awake while driving, and just pull off the road. You can also eat chewing gums and drink coke or loud sound of your car stereo. But the most important is to get enough sleep before you will drive especially long trip.
Posted by honeybabe on 11-24-2017
When the driver is tired, it is best to have another "spare" driver sitting next to him to take turns in driving. otherwise, allow the driver to sleep for a while, by parking at the side of the road or the parking lot. Another alternative is talk to the driver, give candies or sour plum to keep him awake.
Posted by peachpurple on 11-29-2017
If alone, pull to the side somewhere and get something that will wake you up or take a nap. If you got a second person who can drive, have them take over for a bit- however that all depends. Road trip, yeah spare drivers are common if you have company. Alone? Get some shut eye or get caffeine pills.
Posted by Rhodolite on 12-03-2017
Sleeping while driving is a very dangerous activity, but there are things we can do to curb these. Anyone who is in the habit of sleeping while driving is totally exposed to the risk of accidents and such accidents may be very fatal. This calls for being checked against such habits. Likely causes of this habit could include drinking alcohols and other harmful substances. When someone just drinks an alcohol and starts driving afterwards, such a person is highly likely to be exposed to accidents. The only solution to avoiding this is to be cautious and careful.
Posted by potentialwriter on 12-06-2017
I think it is rather obvious what not to do in order to fall asleep behind the wheel... Simply don't drive when you are tired or are generally not feeling well.

Why risk your life and other people's when you can call a taxi to take you home? Just order one and avoid driving.

I have never really had any issues with driving where I would be close to falling asleep.
Posted by Mehano on 12-06-2017
The best way to not fall asleep is to not drive when you're overtired. But if you must drive nodose and mountain dew will definitely keep you away or give you a heart attack lol. But all joking aside, I am 43 years old and I can tell you that I have seen a lot of horrific accidents over the years where the driver fell asleep. So don't drive when you're overtired if you value your life.
Posted by Soulwatcher on 12-07-2017
If you are tired, then don't drive. It's way too risky, and you will be exposing your life and maybe your loved one's lives too. Some people tend to drink coffee, or an energetic drink, maybe put some high volume music, but the best advice is to give the keys to someone who can drive instead of you. Driving requires all your attention, you can kill people or kill yourself if you make a mistake, so imagine a car going on its own while you're stepping on speed. Take a break, rest a while, and then keep on driving or better, take turns with your family members on driving.
Posted by ballyhara on 12-09-2017
I believe if one had proper sleep and rested well then nothing can make one begin to sleep on the wheels.When once we know we have to drive especially go on a long distance we should try to rest properly.But for a short drive,we could keep ourselves awake by playing music and taking sips of water as we try on to avoid dehydration which could put the body in a tired mood.
Posted by lovely on 12-10-2017
To avoid sleeping while driving, you need to sleep when u feel sleepy so u can park your car for a while to take a short nap. You can also drink coffee or take coffee candy because the caffeine on it will keep you awake.
Posted by Scarlet on 12-11-2017
Well, first of all, if you have a really long driving trip ahead of you, then just get some rest and prepare for this the night before whenever possible. If you do not get sufficient rest before the trip, then what i do is roll the windows down and blast the music I love to pump me up and keep the wind on my face and to feel connected to the outside world and not in the moving pod of the vehicle. Also, coffee is a must. Get full of caffeine and drive towards your destination. Once you arrive, then you can crash. The coffee has saved me on MANY a long drive or road trip, that is for sure.
Posted by JoeMilford on 12-11-2017
I hate driving, I find it incredibly boring... having said that I am not such a great passenger either. The rule is generally four hours driving and then a 30 minute rest, stretching your legs and having some sort of refreshment. You need to be mindful of your natural sleeping habits. If you tend to be in bed by 22h00, driving through the night would not be a good idea. Try to travel during the day when your natural body clock is "awake", take regular stops and if possible, rotate drivers.
Posted by Rhombus on 12-14-2017
Drivers should be disciplined enough not to drive if they lack sleep, are intoxicated, or not feeling well. It is dangerous for everyone to fall asleep even for a second or two while driving. Only very recently, a shuttle bus rammed two passenger vehicles and a motorcycle ahead of it when the company driver fell asleep while driving and instinctively stepped on the accelerator. The motorcycle driver was almost killed while several passengers were wounded. Irresponsible drivers like this one should no longer be allowed to drive vehicles. The company will pay for the expenses, however, and the complainants are willing to take compensation for damages or injuries instead of filing a case against the driver and the company. There's a loophole somewhere that allows violators to get away with the act and this should be fixed.
Posted by chatbox on 12-16-2017
Oh that was an accident that could have been avoided. Being asleep in front of the steering wheel is mortal sin for a driver much more when he had stepped on the gas instead of the brakes. Sometimes you just cannot avoid driving when you are sleepy but you have to do something about it like having coffee before you go. My husband would be drinking Coke while driving. That keeps him wide awake and alert.
Posted by Corzhens on 12-17-2018
Driving while tired or exhausted happens mostly when people are coming home from work. It occurs unfortunately. But I think people who try and drive while they're tired or not in a very sharp-minded state when they don't have to are foolish. This is why we have public transportation. If you don't feel up to driving, take the bus train or a number of currently operating cab companies. It's a smart decision because the opposite means taking your life into your own hands literally.
Posted by NickJ on 12-19-2017
Always make sure that whenever it's time for you to drive, you should have a complete sleep so you won't feel sleepy whenever you drive and if you can't help it, drink a coffee first or an energy drink to wake you up for the entire journey. If you really can't help it, just set your car on the side and take a nap. It's also better if your with someone who knows how to drive as well so you have a relief. It's better to be safe than sorry.
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 12-27-2017
We can avoid sleeping while driving if we don't sleep when driving and if we choose not to drive when we feel like sleeping. Sleep is important. Don't let the coffee you consume fool you. The brain can sleep anytime especially when you keep forcing yourself to stay awake when you should sleep.
Posted by mildredtabitha on 12-27-2017
First thing is, you must have a proper sleep. This is one of the best solutions to avoid sleeping while driving. If you lack in sleeping, you can listen to the music that keeps you awake. You can also sing the song to become active. One thing you can do is train yourself to be awake while driving. It will enhance your body and mind while driving a car.
Posted by blank629 on 12-31-2017
The best advice would be to not drive when tired. Always try to get at least 8 hours of sleep, even at the expense of some free time. You don't want to fall asleep at the wheel and crash somewhere. If you have to, energy drinks and coffee can help but I really wouldn't get into the habit of abusing those.
Posted by alexd on 01-24-2018
Naps before driving a vehicle or, in case of long trips, short breaks for naps help repair sleep, reducing physical and mental fatigue.

In addition, the driver should keep his or her sleep up, looking for sleep and waking up at the same time, as well as respecting the minimum hours necessary to achieve restful sleep
Posted by hermessantos on 02-02-2018
Sleeping when driving is very dangerous to both the driver and the passengers in the vehicle. It would only result in accidents and possibly death of everyone in the car.

It's important not to drink when you are aware that you are going to drive. It's one of the reasons why most people fall asleep when driving. Also if you are feeling ill, it's best not to try and drive because you have the possibility of falling asleep while behind the wheels.
Posted by Martinsx on 02-18-2018
Exactly what I thought, it's probably just common sense, listen to your body and if your sleepy then just hire someone to driver or just use a public transportation car, or maybe if you're in your friends house and you get drunk, then just stay there, sleep there and wait for the morning where you are not feeling drunk anymore.
Posted by davedaot on 12-07-2018
Well obviously the best thing to do is simply don't drive unless you are well rested and alert. However, this is real life and making optimal choices isn't always possible. I personally don't even drive, but I have heard tips from other drivers. My grandfather was a long haul driver and he said that keeping a big, icy cold bottle of water in his car always helped keep him alert whenever he was feeling drowsy. And while you might assume I mean that you should douse yourself in cold water, what he meant was just drinking it was enough to help wake him up.
Posted by Denis_P on 02-20-2018
Most important action is to get enough sleep. This is a problem when driving at night or driving long distance. It's advised that if you know you're going to drive long distance get at least 8 hours of sleep. Also make sure that you get regular breaks to have a snack and have a cup of coffee. Stop for a nap if you have to.It's better to take a nap and arrive late than not to arrive at all. If you can share the long drive with a friend, a spouse or hire a driver whom you can share driving duties with. Stay safe!
Posted by jaymish on 03-13-2018
If you are feeling overly tired or sleepy then it is better for you not to drive. However, at times you will have no other option than to drive in such situations. Music prevents me from feeling sleepy and I always put on the music while I am driving. If you are driving long distances then it is advisable to take regular breaks.
Posted by Pixie on 03-13-2018
Well for me turn you music to the maximum volume. drink coffee and talk to someone inside the car, but if you're alone in your car, listen to some radio station with a good topic, because in our country, some radio station here always talking about some topics that I'm sure someone will become interested after they hear it, but if you're really feel sleepy, you should stop for a while and take a nap. Car accident because of sleeping driver is the most common cause of accident in our country.
Posted by ion on 04-02-2018
Yes, I agree with you. All of your advice are great and i'll do that most of the time specially listening to my favorite music via USB. Listening to news on radio station will also stay me awake and at the same time aware of what's happening. I don't want to have an accident that may hurt or may cause death. I Also don't want to be an irresponsible driver and may cause accident to other people due to negligence. It is just a stress and I don't want any stress in my life f we can avoid it like that car accident.
Posted by rubeth1726 on 11-30-2018
I think some people rotate the driver if the driving time is more. And another thing is that some of the time we can stop for few hours. And take some break and then we can start driving. That would surely be something I'd say. Because on many road trips I have noticed that things are lot different in that case. That may surely change the way things are going around.
Posted by overcast on 04-17-2018
I always try to have a good sleep before driving specially on long trips. This will help me through out my driving, it needs focus and alertness so a good sleep helps you with withstand the physical and mental fatigue. It is always good to have a buddy with you while driving, sometimes when your sleepy you need someone to wake you up or just help you with the driving. Driving should be taken seriously after all we are talking of lives at stake when one is driving a car.
Posted by fishbate on 05-30-2018
One method that i recently found out is eating apple when your driving and getting sleepy. I had once a six hours travel a couple weeks ago alone. I was getting sleepy so i stopped a couple of times to get some rest. While i was resting i saw a small fruit store nearby hoping that there is something there that could help me with my sleepiness. I was hoping for an orange or just something sour. I talked to the store keeper about my situation and he recommended an apple. Yup, at first i was hesitant but i tried it...and surprisingly it works!
Posted by fishbate on 07-04-2018
So an apple is good to drive away sleep? I never knew this. I thought taking very cold water will assist. Ice cold water is good to drive sleep away.
Posted by stbrians on 11-04-2018
You become sleepy while driving because it is either you are very tired and your body couldn't bare it anymore or you're alone and the ambiance is boring. Well, some people endure it until they got finally home. You just have to keep calm and just focus properly on safe driving.
Posted by mitan143 on 09-29-2018
I think that sleeping while driving can be disastrous especially when you are driving the car. if you are driving along with others and sleeping in between your driving then you are not only risking your own life but also the life of others who are accompanying you. If you are not able to control your sleep when you re driving then its better to stop driving the car and ask someone else to drive. rotating the driving responsibility at night can be very necessary and helpful. I like to drink at least two cups of hot coffee or tea when I drive at night
Posted by jpk0007 on 10-28-2018
In my area there is a herb called khat that when it is chewed it drives away sleep. Long distances truck drivers and bus drivers too use the hub. It is good to chew and avoid accidents.
Posted by stbrians on 11-04-2018
To avoid sleeping while driving, especially when I am tired, I open front windows and turn the volume of the music higher. Also, I ensure I am taking some drink, either water, coffee or soda. Nonetheless, when I feel extremely tired and I have to drive. I will take a one hour sleep in the parking lot. Prevention is better than cure.
Posted by Focusedwriter10 on 11-10-2018
Don't drive if you're sleepy or have been awake for more than 18 hours. If you're sleepy, it's best to have a nap first or drink 2 cups of strong coffee before considering driving.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 11-20-2018
I agree that it is extremely dangerous to drive when you are feeling sleepy or can't stay awake during driving. It might cause an accident and can hurt you and other people. It is a sign of being irresponsible when you drive while you can't stay awake on the road.

Here are some ways to avoid getting sleep when driving:

  1. Make sure to have an adequate sleep the night before you hit the road. This assures that your body is conditioned to drive and your mind as well as you focus on driving. However; if you will travel at night, you may take a nap before driving to make sure you have an energy to drive or recharge. A 15-20 mins of nap will do.

  2. Avoid alcohol and possibly medications that may cause drowsiness as a side-effect. Remember, taking alcohol is prohibited while driving. Instead, you may take some vitamins like Vitamin B and C.

  3. Make sure you are not hungry and you take your meal. Food gives energy to our body. If possible to have a healthy and natural food. Fast foods or processed foods might cause sleepiness after eating. So better to eat healthy ones. You can have some snacks when you are driving too or may drink coffee so you will stay alert. When I am driving, I always have a chewing gum and it makes me stay awake whenever I start yo feel drowsy.

  4. I listen to a radio or to my favorite music.

  5. Have someone with you if possible specially when you need to travel for long hours and make sure that your buddy is also awake so he can tell you stories to keep you awake or can identify if you are sleepy or tired. If possible your companion can drive as well so that he can take a turn to drive when needed.
Posted by rubeth1726 on 11-30-2018
My number one recommendation is to have enough rest when driving and second is to not get drunk while driving. If for some reasons you're maybe drunk or you are so tired then probably hire a driver or just ride in public transportation, because sleeping while driving is an easy way to die.
Posted by davedaot on 12-07-2018
Don't drive when you're exhausted, get someone else to drive you. This is especially relevant to avoid when you're travelling to a distant place and you can go very fast on the highway. It's almost certain you'll fall asleep behind the wheels.

Avoid driving after taking certain medications whose side-effects are possible drowsiness. Get a cab, get someone to drive you or stay at home. Drinking heavily also makes some people sleepy so avoid that as well
Posted by Tehilah27 on 12-16-2018