The transport industry never stands still and many transports are carried out in the evening and at night. This applies not least to the transport of tempered products, which is Tempcon’s specialty. In order to perform these in a safe and secure manner, it is important that the driver is rested. Driving while drowsy can be just as dangerous as driving with alcohol in your system.
If you have been awake for 18 hours, you are at the same level as if you drive with 0.8 per thousand of alcohol in your blood. The limit for the normal degree of drunk driving is 0.2 per thousand in Sweden. In other words, not a good idea to drive then. Driving itself can also influence you to become more sleepy as the body can perceive it in the same way as when a child is rocked to sleep.
What can you do if you feel that you are getting tired during the trip? Many people think that opening the windows or turning on the radio is enough to stay alert while driving, but that tactic only works for a very short time. Then the brain chemistry that makes you fall asleep takes over again. There are really only two ways to avoid driving drowsy; good sleep beforehand and stimulants.
Stimulants like coffee or energy drinks can be effective for a while, but they also have a tough time with the sleep-inducing brain chemicals. So really it’s just a good sleep of six to eight hours (depending on your personal sleep needs of course which can vary a lot) before driving the car is the best.
If you feel tired while driving, the best way is to stop in a safe place and take a 15-20 minute nap in order for the brain chemistry that causes the fatigue to be restored to normal levels. However, a nap often only gets you through an additional hour or two of driving. Then the sleep-inducing brain chemicals are back again.