Staying Alert During A Long Distance Haul

Staying Alert During A Long Distance Haul

As a premier digital transport provider, Autosled works to streamline vehicle shipments. Transporters are a vital part of this business, keeping trucks full and receiving payments within two business days of delivery. While Autosled’s transporter network works to take care of your vehicles, we remind our transporters to take care of themselves, especially during a long-distance haul.

Sleep is a crucial part of everyone’s development, health, and general wellbeing. According to the CDC, adults, 18-60 years old need 7 or more hours of sleep a night. Truckers, in particular, need plenty of rest in order to stay alert while driving long hours (often seven days a week).  

Man sleeping on a bed. Photo credit: Unsplash.

Swap big fast-food meals for healthy snacks 

While a Mcdonald’s drive-through may seem like a convenient stop along your route, fast food and larger meals can increase drowsiness. According to New Scientist, large meals and meals rich in carbs have high glycemic indexes. Glucose is released quickly into the bloodstream after high glycemic meals which increases insulin production and tryptophan (a chemical causing drowsiness) levels. This is why many people experience a “food coma” after eating a large meal. 

In order to counteract sleepiness after eating, stick to smaller portions and keep your snacks healthy. A candy bar may provide a temporary boost, but once the sugar high wears off, your body will start to crash. The same goes for too many cups of coffee or surgery energy drinks. Make sure to check the prescriptions as well, to make sure drowsiness isn’t listed as a side effect. 

Healthy snacks (fruit, granola bars, and olives) to energize during a long haul. Photo credit: Unsplash.

Some great healthy snack options for the road are protein bars, mixed nuts, fruit (for healthy sugar intake), and beef jerky. Chewing gum or snacks like sunflower seeds can be doubly beneficial in keeping your jaw occupied to encourage attentiveness. 

Take a break or a short power nap

Dozing off at the wheel during a long haul? Pull over as soon as possible and take a nap or stretch your legs at a rest stop. Walking around and fresh air help to fend off fatigue. Whatever the situation, it’s not worth putting yourself or anyone else at risk just to meet a delivery deadline. 

Man taking a nap. Photo credit: Unsplash.

A short nap resets both mind and body. In order to ensure you wake up rested, rather than groggy, restrict your nap to 20 minutes, so as to not disrupt your sleep cycle. The most rejuvenating naps occur when people only go into the first or second stage of sleep. 

Turn down the temperature

A warm, cozy truck is enough to make even the most seasoned trucker yawn. Turn up the air conditioning, crack a window for a breeze if the weather outside is already brisk, or even use ice or a cold towel to sustain peak mental focus.

Listen to upbeat music or an audiobook

Another foolproof way to energize yourself while completing a long haul is by engaging your mind. Upbeat music can lift your mood and get you naturally pumped up. Sing along to your favorite songs for optimal results. If music doesn’t appeal, a good action-based audiobook can break up the monotony of a long haul. When looking out at the road ahead, make sure to move your eyes left to right to scan the road rather than keeping your gaze fixed in one place for too long. 

Autosled cares about our haulers and strives to make your lives easier with free access to our platform, so you can find loads on your routes with ease. We also offer reduced paperwork and electronic invoicing to save you valuable time. Since life on the road isn’t always easy or conducive to regular sleep schedules, we gathered some helpful tips for staying awake and driving safely during long hauls.

What’s your longest ride? Email us at marketing@autosled.com to share your story and favorite tips for staying alert. Follow Autosled on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook, to see if we feature your story!

5 Reasons Why You Should Ship a Car Long-Distance

5 Reasons to Ship a Car Long-distance Rather Than Driving

People’s vehicles are often some of their most prized possessions, so protecting them is essential. Need to move your car across states? It can be a logistical hassle. When deciding whether to drive yourself or have your car shipped, consider some of the major benefits when you ship a car below. 

Less Stress

For one, road trips are never easy. You’ll need to prepare your car for a trek, plan out rest and gas stops, potentially book hotel stays in between if you’re driving long distance, and stop for meals. On top of that, there are external factors like dealing with other drivers, road work, and traffic congestion that can slow you down and lead to an unpleasant trip. 

Choosing to ship your car with a company or service can eliminate all those pesky issues. An auto transport service will take the stress of planning off of your hands and get your car to its destination safely and with ease. You can even request extra precautionary accommodations like enclosed transport to shield your car from road debris and the elements. 

If you have more than one car, you may even be able to get a discount for shipping two at once to the same destination.   

Saves Time

Perhaps the biggest lure of car shipping is the time-saving aspect. You may have a hectic schedule with little time off of work or may simply want to avoid eight-plus hours behind the wheel. Either way, car shipping is the way to go. When scheduling a vehicle transport with a shipping company, you can select a convenient window of time for you, during which your car will be delivered. 

Often Saves Money

Contrary to popular belief, shipping cars can be super affordable. It can even save you money when compared to driving yourself, especially when it comes to longer, cross-country trips. Think about it. When you factor in the costs of driving like gas, food stops on the way, and hotel stays, you may find you would save money by shipping. 

Another way you may save money is when it comes to insurance costs. Car insurance rates are partially affected by the distance you drive and long-distance road trips can hike up your premium. If you choose to ship your vehicle, you eliminate the risk of your insurance rates going up.

No Mileage Buildup

A huge additional advantage of shipping a car that some people may not consider is that no miles will be added to your car on the trip. You’ll be sparing your car the added miles that can decrease its resale value in the long-run. On top of that, you will be saving your car from general wear and tear, especially to its tires.

Reliability and Peace of Mind

One of the positive aspects of handing your car over to a professional transport service is that you know your vehicle is in capable hands. The transporter has likely completed countless vehicle transports prior and is an expert driver with the appropriate equipment to secure and protect your vehicle. 

Think you’re ready to ship your vehicle or vehicles? Give us a call at 1-877-728-8675, email us at support@autosled.com or download our app for Apple or Android