HOW TO STAY ALERT ON THE ROAD

Driving when tired can be extremely risky, as drifting off and poor focus only require one second to cause a fatal accident. Only don't drive if you feel sleepy or tired. Trying to stay awake and alert while driving long distances can be risky particularly at night. Olimpia Rent a Car has put together a few things to keep in mind while you're behind the wheel, to keep you safe.

PLAN AHEAD

Before you set off on a long journey make sure you are well-rested. Enable plenty of time on your trip to take breaks. Seek to stop midnight to early morning driving. Limit your eating big meals, because they can make you feel sleepy. Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages. Make sure you put away your cell phone, so it won't bother you when driving.

KNOW THE SIGNS

If you're exhausted it's easy to get caught up in finding your destination and ignore the signals. If you're distracted, unable to concentrate, yawn or notice that you're drifting off your lane, it's time to take a break and pull over. Keep in mind it's better to arrive late than to end up in a car accident. When travelling in Spain. Make sure to get to know the road rules and signs.

OPEN THE WINDOW AND FEEL THE WIND BLOW

You might want to open the windows and let the fresh air in the car. That can have an effect and make you awake and more alert. And you can just use the air conditioner to soothe the dry, humid air that sometimes can make you feel more tired.

TAKE FREQUENT BREAKS

If you're feeling tired, finding a safe place to pull over and have a break is essential. Get out of your vehicle and stretch your legs, or get some food. Remember to take a 15-minute break on a long drive every two hours, to avoid falling asleep on the wheel.

CHANGE THE MUSIC OR LISTEN TO THE RADIO

Find something good to listen to so you can focus. Whether it be a radio show, great album or even an audiobook – having something to concentrate on will keep you awake.

DRIVING IS BEST WITH COMPANY

Some of the easiest ways to prevent any injuries are to drive with a friend or family member. Try some easy and funny driving games to keep you from drifting off. 

Of course, the above are only short-term options for when you start driving tired, however, when you do start to feel very tired, your only option is to STOP driving and only begin again when you are fully refreshed.