5 Ways to Stay Alert on a Long Drive

Today, I did a day trip down to Johor. I started driving at 8-ish and reached my destination after three and one half hours. I did my stuff and then drove back to Kuala Lumpur that took 4 hours because of rain along the way.

This kind of driving is quite normal for me and I have been doing so for the past 10 years. However, half the time, I will feel sleepy as driving on the highway is very monotonous. There’s nothing to see except for oil palm trees to your right and left.

Here are some things I do to keep myself awake:

  1. Sing along to the radio – it helps when you know the lyrics. Otherwise, just pretend you know the lyrics or simply create your own.
  2. Chewing gums – chew on those gums for as long as you can. Gums have helped kept me awake for hours. Sweets or candies don’t last very long, that’s why I opt for gums.
  3. Take a nap – stop by a lay-by or rest area and take a nap. A 10 minute nap can do wonders. Trust me.
  4. Chit chat – if your occupants are not asleep, strike a conversation. Gossips are wonderful sleep-killer. If you are alone, call someone on your mobile phone.
  5. Slap yourself – when all else fails, slap yourself silly.
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  1. xin said,

    December 3, 2007 @ 3:56 pm

    i think it is easier to stay awake when you are driving alone than someone else driving you. I can never stay awake when i am at the passenger’s seat. hehe so whoever drives me must be someone that can drive alone quietly in long distance

  2. Joanna Lee said,

    December 11, 2007 @ 2:30 am

    my husband usually drives the first half of the journey and i will take over for the next half. but i believe you would always need someone to talk to or keep your brain alive if not the boredom gets to you

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