Whether you are a young professional with a complex daytime schedule, a working parent with children you need to pick-up after school, or a professional driver, driving on the road is always accompanied with the risks of being in danger and encountering accidents. Aside from this, the body fatigue that we feel everyday does not contribute to an easier and stress-free driving session. Read below to see how you can have a safer and healthier trip on the road.
For the Body
1. Get enough sleep. Enough rest and sleep not only prevents accidents, but also promotes improved awareness and reaction time, and an enjoyable driving session. Research shows that sleep deprivation affects your ability to make split second decisions. Aside from this, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, most car crashes, deaths, and road injuries are a direct result of driver fatigue, an effect of lack of sleep. Make sure you get enough sleep the night before so that you can enjoy your driving session, and promote a safer trip for you and your family.
2. Eat dopamine-rich food. Adequate doses of dopamine will help you keep your attention intact, as well as your concentration, an important factor in driving safely. The best source of dopamine is food, specifically your protein-rich favorites such as fish, chicken, meat, milk and soy products, and eggs, your fruit and vegetable favorites such as pumpkin, avocados, banana, and other sources such as nuts, lima beans, whole weat and oats. Try to eat these kinds of food before taking that trip.
3. Drink water. With exposure to different extremes of the environment while on driving on the road, water will surely help you maintain focus and attention that you need to ensure safety. Drinking adequate amounts of water before a driving session will help prevent dehydration of your body. With proper hydration, your body will undergo less fatigue during the trip, as well as help your blood ciruclation. Anticipate your body’s needs and make sure you get enough fluids before you travel.
For the Vehicle
4. Check equipment and tools. Depending on your vehicle’s needs, and state laws, essential equipment and tools must be checked before taking that trip, especially if it is a long one. Know what your car needs, and anticipate difficult situations such as having a flat tire and an overheating engine.
5. Maintain your vehicle. Like the human body, a healthy and a well-maintained vehicle will lead you to optimal performance. Have your oil and fluids checked regularly, as well as the conditions of the tires and lights. Headlights, signal lights, and break lights should work properly to avoid hazardous situations, especially in nighttime driving. Making this a habit already takes a big part of ensuring safety to you and your family.
6. Clean your interior. Nothing is better than pleasantly driving inside a car that is neat, especially if it promotes a positive mindset during the trip. Make sure that your car’s interior is vacuumed regularly to prevents irritants like dust from lingering inside. Prevent mold and mildew by using various car services, or doing it yourself with different how-to guides. These are only few of the different steps you can take in having a comfortable driving trip.
7. Avoid distractions. Avoid having different objects on your dashboard and the passenger seat (if ever you are driving alone), as these things will increase the risk of being distracted while driving. Various gadgets such as cellular phones and tablets, maps, or even food should be handled in secured situations such as pulling over or taking a break in a gasoline station. If ever you are listening to music, set your volume at a level wherein you can still focus and hear the environment on the road. At any situation, there is always a risk in driving on the road, so make sure you have minimal distractions in your trip.
On the Road
8. Avoid speeding. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding is considered to be one of the most prevailing factors contributing to vehicular crashes. Aside from this, speeding reduces the drivers ability to safely maneuver a vehicle on curves and obstacles, and lengthens the distance necessary to stop upon braking. When a dangerous situation comes up while speeding, the distance that you cover is lengthened as you react, aiming for safety. These are only some of the various reasons why we should avoid speeding on the road. Aim for safety, and practice the habit of maintaining the necessary speed in travelling.
9. Use safety features. Seat belts, safety restrains, and door locks are just some of the features included in vehicles to ensure safety. Make sure that you utilize these features while travelling as they were designed with positive research results from various automobile companies. Failure to do so will not only increase your risk in encountering accidents, but also threaten your passengers’ lives.
10. Plan your trips. As much as possible, plan and organize your driving sessions. Plan your route, check for traffic updates, assess your situation, and take the safest way possible. Look for possible venues for breaks such as gasoline stations and diners. Planning not only decreases the risk of unwanted dangerous situations, but also exercises the habit of anticipation, and optimum usage of your vehicle’s resources. Make it a habit to plan your trips to ensure safety, and optimal usage of resources.
With an unpredictable road traffic and activity, we may never know what we will encounter on our driving sessions. Make it a habit to practice safe and healthy driving, because safety can never be assured unless we ourselves take the first step in promoting it.
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