Have enough sleep before driving.
It doesn’t matter whether its a short or long-distance you always need to be alert while you on the road. Therefore, rest for about 7-8 hours or you may decide to take a nap before driving for about 2 hours in order to go in for a marathon of riding. The nap saves the driver the brain or body tiresomeness such that he gets ready and stays alert on a road trip.
Avoid night drives.
At times we get caught up by time s human beings but it’s necessary to plan well such that you reach your final destination on time. During the daytime, our brains are highly active than at night therefore in case you forecast you might still be on the road kindly take a nap. Due to the failure of some drivers to take a nap as a serious issue, they end up landing in night car accidents. Therefore this is why most car rental companies in Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania do not allow travelers to drive at night. Therefore, we advise you to sleep and travel early such that by 7:00 pm you be off the road.
Endeavor to have a colleague in the car
Self-drive doesn’t mean you have to be in the car alone to your final destination. It’s advisable to have a colleague, especially on a long-distance tour because it’s a very hard task to keep awake when you are traveling alone. The colleague will give you company as you go on engaging in chatting. In the end, the journey will seem to be short due to engagement in chats with the colleague.
Switching on the radio or putting on music
Get a backup of a radio or music while you heading to your final destination such that you keep Staying awake while on a self drive. As you drive, you might go on following the show or even get involved in the songs played. At times tourists decide to play their own favorite local songs which keeps the mind engaged. This keeps you sober through ou the entire driving period.
Have caffeine/ cup of coffee
This might not be necessarily a cup of coffee but also any drink that consists of caffeine since it helps you in staying awake while on a self drive. Some of these drinks include; energy drink or a cola drink will be good for you to keep awake more so the cold ones. However, you advised to just take what’s enough for you but not excess.
Carry simple snacks(bites)
Snacks or bites such as biscuits, crisps, g.nuts, duddies, popcorns helps you in staying awake while on a self drive. When you start feeling tired, take a grab of some snacks to get some back up which also activates your brains.
How to tell you’re sleep driving
In an actually sense it’s hard to tell you’ve started dozing off, but here are some listed sighs that may help you tell you tired;
Difficulty in focusing, frequent blinking, or heavy eyelids making the eyes become hard to open.
Having disconnected thoughts making you have frequent and uncontrollable yawning.
Trouble remembering the last few miles were driven; missing exits or signposts.
Trouble keeping your head up.
Immediate solution after realizing the above signs.
In case one or two of the above signs show up please kindly stop the car immediately. Get out of the car, stretch or have refreshments to boost your brains and let your blood flow
Secondly, you decide to park the car in a safe place and take a nap such you save yourself from getting a terrible accident.