Staying Focused And Healthy On Road Trips
If you’re planning a long Road Trips for business purposes or a vacation, here are some tips to help you stay focused and healthy during your drive.
On a long drive, it’s common for some people to get backaches or sore necks from sitting in the same position for a long time. To combat this, make sure you’re sitting properly in the driver’s seat. According to everydayhealth.com, adjusting the driver’s seat to a 100-degree angle helps prevent slouching and also provides support for the lumbar region of the back. Using a pillow or a rolled up towel can also help support your back. It is also recommended to take a break from driving every 20 to 30 minutes and get out of the car and stretch. This is particularly helpful for people who suffer from chronic back pain.
When planning a road trips, it’s easy to be lured by all of those fast food restaurants that offer convenience and tasty meals on the go. However, this is not the best way to ensure your health. It’s best to bring your own food and drinks from home. These items can be stored in a cooler to provide longer freshness, and instead of having to stop driving to visit a fast food restaurant, you have immediate access to your food. It’s also wise to avoid rest-stop vending machines, which have too many snacks that contain high amounts of fat, salt, and sugar. These ingredients may perk you up for a while, but you will inevitably feel their downside when your body suffers a crash and you become extremely fatigued.
Staying Awake and Getting Enough Sleep??
If you’re going to be driving for several days, it’s best to plan on staying in a motel or hotel every night so you can get some much-needed rest. Otherwise, if your trip is going to consist of several hours of driving, there are ways you can stay awake, alert, and focused. According to gadling.com, the most obvious way to fight fatigue is to drink caffeinated beverages such as coffee or sodas. You can also pull over after every 100 miles to stretch or take a short nap. Bring along your favorite music CDs, an mp3 player, or audio books to keep you entertained. If you’re traveling with someone, engage them in a conversation to keep you awake and alert.
If you’re traveling with children in the car, staying focused can be a major task for many drivers. No matter what the age, always make sure that passengers are wearing seat belts or secured in an approved infant car seat. It’s also a good idea to make sure that something has been brought along to keep the kids interested while you navigate the highway. Toys, CDs, mp3 players, headphones, portable DVD players (some vehicles feature a built-in DVD player in the back seat) are all ways of keeping the kiddies occupied and quiet. If you’re traveling with a passenger in the front seat, make sure you don’t get distracted if they decide to watch a movie on a portable DVD player, as this can be deadly.
It is imperative that everyone in the vehicle wears a seat belt. It’s also a good idea to have your car inspected and serviced before undertaking any long road trips. And finally, no reading maps while driving. That’s what GPS is for.