3 Tips to Keep You Alert While Driving


Temperatures dropping, shorter days and longer nights – all signs that fall is officially here. At Gray Transportation, we understand it’s harder to stay awake and alert when the weather is putting you to sleep. That’s why we are sharing the top ways to bring your A game when on the road.

  • You are what you eat. Energy drinks, caffeine pills and sugar will raise your alertness for a reasonable amount of time, but not indefinitely. Instead of filling your body with sugar, consider munching on an apple, orange or even a lemon to keep your taste buds awake. However, whatever you decide to intake, make sure to pace yourself. If you eat, take small bites. If you drink, take small sips. The more active you are, the easier it will be to stay awake.
  • Keep it cool. The temperatures are getting lower each day, but that is no reason to crank up the heat! Set the temperature in your vehicle to just a bit colder than you would like – that way your body has to work harder to keep you awake and will help you be more alert.
  • Sing along! It’s hard falling asleep in a loud car, but it’s even harder falling asleep when you are singing along to your favorite music. Make a playlist of your favorite songs and rock out! If music is not your thing, talk radio is another good option. It keeps your mind working by offering an endless variety of viewpoints and ideas.

Being a truck driver is not easy, and it can really take a toll on your sleep patterns, but we hope these tips help improve your time on the road. Do you have any other tips to stay alert when driving long distances on little sleep? Leave them in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!