What are some creative ways to keep yourself alert while driving?

If you are a trucker in New Jersey, you face a variety of potential hazards when traveling long distances for your job. Some of these dangers can be environmental hazards, inclement weather, incorrectly loaded cargo and fatigue. In fact, driver exhaustion is to blame for a significant amount of trucking accidents each year. Fortunately, there are precautions you can take to keep yourself alert and prepared without compromising your attention. 

According to, you can be creative in coming up with ways to keep yourself awake. Here are some of the things you can do:

  • Stock up on chewing gum: Putting a stick of gum in your mouth is an excellent way to keep your mind alert by keeping your mouth moving and your brain wide awake.
  • Keep your eyes moist: Putting a small bottle of eye drops in your truck can be useful when your eyes start to feel dry. Keeping your eyes moist can help you to stay alert and comfortable.
  • Try essential oils: Smelling essential oils is another way to invigorate your senses without doing things that will compromise your attention and safety.
  • Sing along to the radio: Find music that you love and sing along! This activity will keep your brain fired up as you continuously think about which lyrics come next.

Other important things you can do include eating right, getting enough rest and exercise, and even listening to comedy to keep yourself laughing. The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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