RV Driving Safety: Driving While Tired


A long drive in your motorhome can soon make your eyelids feel heavy. They used to call it road hypnosis. That is when the open road and passing lane markers can start to lull you into a very tired state. While everyone knows the dangers about drunk driving, there is not much said about driving while tired. Studies have shown that driving while tired is as dangerous, if not more so, than driving after a few drinks. Since many RVers travel from one part of the country to the next, this is a huge risk for them.

While you may have set a schedule to get to your destination by a certain time, you must realize that trying to fight off your drowsiness may not always work. If you find yourself behind the wheel having a hard time keeping your eyes open or concentrating on the road then it is time for you to pull over and take a break. It is recommended that you pull over and take a breather every two hours. If you are feeling tired then you may want to take a quick power nap. These are naps that take between 15 and 30 minutes that are a great way to refresh your batteries.

It is best if you have someone else who is able to drive your RV. This will allow you to take turns driving and keeping a fresh pair of eyes on the road. While it is great to have a thermos full of hot coffee with you while driving, do not go overboard and drink the entire thing in one sitting. This may keep you awake, but it can also impair your driving skills. The best way to combat tired driving is with regular breaks to stretch and keep your mind functioning.

While we all love making great time on the road, the safety of yourself, your passengers and other drivers should come first. Make use of your new RV and take a break in the back if you need to and you will be able to drive across the country in safety and comfort.

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