Tips for Staying Awake and Alert Longer on the Road

Transportation trucking drivers work very long days and develop inconsistent and unhealthy sleep schedules. A driver’s pay is often based on the amount of work they get done, so they may have greater incentive to remain awake and alert for as long as they can. Although sleep is fundamental, there are a few easy ways for heavy haul trucking drivers to stay awake and alert longer on the job.

Avoid high contrast lights at night. When you drive at night, the contrast between the pitch black of the outdoors, when matched with the brightness of the headlights and dashboard, will wear you down and make your eyes feel very heavy. One simple way to avoid this when heavy haul trucking through the night is by placing soft, small red lights inside the cab to brighten up the interior at night. Another thing you can do is lower the dashboard light so that it is bright enough to see, but not jarring as you drive through the night.

Remain calm. That’s not a warning, just a piece of advice. By allowing yourself to get worked up over an aggressive driver or a fight you recently had with a friend, you’re eventually going to crash — not the truck, but your body will crash and demand that you give it sleep. Just let go of the strong emotions and focus on driving.

Turn down the temperature. We feel the sleepiest when it’s warm and cozy, so even if the snows are blaring outside your truck, try and keep the temperature to a moderate level. If you feel yourself growing tired, try lowering the temperature so that it’s a little chilly inside your cab. This will give you a nice burst of energy.

Moderate your caffeine intake. Coffee is a fickle thing. Not enough and you might feel lethargic and unable to focus, too much and you’ll feel alert and unable to focus. And, of course, the crash from coffee is something to worry about. Caffeine from coffee or energy drinks is certainly no replacement for sleep, and for your own safety, you should never treat it as such. But caffeine is necessary sometimes, and is a great boost of energy when you start to grow weary. Keep on drinking coffee if that’s what you do, but make sure to moderate your intake and know when to stop.

Nap regularly. You should never substitute a good night’s sleep for a nap, but if you start to lose focus or need a break from transportation trucking, don’t try and fight that either. Pushing through your tiredness can only end badly. Pull over at a rest stop or even on the side of the road if you feel yourself getting sleepy.

4 Industries that Benefit from Trucking Transport

Advances in engineering and logistics have made trucking more reliable and efficient for all parties involved. Machinery transportation customer service and human resources are able to better manage truckers on the road and establish transparent and open business with customers.

Mining

Advances in mining trucks transport have streamlined work for miners and engineers. The machinery used in the mines to excavate and remove elements from the earth are way too massive to move in one piece, even with a tractor-trailer. In the past, the machinery was broken down and transported to the mine in parts, then put together on-site. Slowly but surely, advances in machinery transportation have made it so that massive mining trucks and machinery upwards of 300 tons can be transported to the mine in one piece. Machinery transportation customer service in this sector deals with engineers, mining companies and government agencies.

Military

The Department of Defense and the Department of Transportation have benefited from advances in military vehicle trucking, a specialized and selective section of the trucking industry. Military vehicle trucking trailers are made to haul massive pieces of military equipment such as helicopters, airplane parts, military vehicles and tanks. These trailers can carry large or broken machinery and equipment parts across long distances. Military machinery transportation customer service in this sector primarily deals with military and government agencies.

Chemical

Hazardous chemical transportation is a difficult process, for which countless precautions must be taken. Advances in biochemical storage and chemical engineering have enabled chemical substances, both wet and dry, to withstand cross-country transportation. Transporting hazardous chemicals is a very serious responsibility. That’s why HAZMAT carriers and chemical transport truckers are thoroughly trained, licensed and reviewed before taking on a job. Machinery transportation customer service in this sector primarily deals with chemical distributors and manufacturers.

Logistics

Trucking logistics companies deal with the pre-planning that goes in to trucking operations. Technological advances have allowed for trucking to become a much more productive and efficient endeavor. These advances have given way for logistics companies to pre-plan the best routes for truckers using GPS technology, selecting the best fuel types by accessing market research data and hiring and managing a team of dispatchers and truckers thanks to advances in mobile and satellite technologies. Machinery transportation customer service in this sector mostly deals with trucking companies.