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How To Stay Alert While Driving

Even the village idiot knows that it is important to stay alert while driving.

By Stephen Turvil
Mar 23, 2012
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Even the village idiot knows that it is important to stay alert while driving. However, this can be tricky after a hard day's work, a poor night's sleep, or a relaxing spa treatment. As such, Simon Elstow from The Institute of Advanced Motorists has some tips that combat fatigue:

- Disengage cruise control to prevent boredom.

- Plan your journey to include a break every two hours. Before you set off and when you stop, check Traffic Master on your phone or online for hold ups and hazards.

- Carry a bottle of water to keep you hydrated, but pull over to a safe place to drink it.

- Consider taking an alternative, more interesting route to keep you engaged. Check your map for another route or set your sat nav to avoid motorways.

- If you start to feel sleepy, find a safe place to stop as soon as you can. The Highway Code advises drinking a couple of cups of strong coffee before a short nap so the caffeine starts to work when you start driving again.

- Where possible, share the driving.

Mr Elstow said: “Motorways are our safest roads however they are monotonous. If you’re embarking on a long journey, get a good night’s rest and use this advice to make sure you’re alert throughout.”

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By Stephen Turvil
Mar 23, 2012
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