Traveling with an RV can be tiring. Whether you are cruising along in a luxurious motor coach or towing a beautiful fifth wheel, it is a different driving experience. The risk of falling asleep behind the wheel is very real, and you should take steps to ensure it doesn’t happen to you. Here are some tips to help you stay awake and alert when on the road.
Handle the packing in the days before the trip. One of the advantage of traveling in an RV is that you can pack up ahead of time. Get a good night’s sleep the night before, or take a nap in the afternoon if you are leaving later in the day. The more rested you are when you head out, the less likely you are to start nodding off behind the wheel.
Stop for the Night
The beauty of traveling with an RV is that you do not have to stop at a hotel. You can stop for the night and snooze in the comfort of your own bed. The trip will take a little longer when you limit your driving to ten hours a day, but you are more likely to arrive there safely. Look for campgrounds where the family can relax and stretch their legs. Everyone will be in a better mood and you will be alert the next day.
If you have to push yourself for some reason, don’t try to do it alone. Kids may not be able to drive, but they can certainly sit near the driver and chat. Have a family member sit with you to help you stay awake.
Even though your passengers can stretch their legs in an RV, the driver cannot. Take regular breaks to prevent the physical fatigue that comes with pushing yourself too hard. Stop at a rest station and take a picnic in the motorhome, visit a roadside attraction and stretch your legs. In addition to resting your physically for a few minutes, you will also rest your eyes during the break. Ideally, you should take a break after every 100 miles or two hours.
The best way to avoid fatigue on the road is to trade off with a partner. You can nap while the other person is driving, or just rest your body and your eyes. It’s important to stay rested on the road, especially when you are traveling in an RV. You need your fast reflexes to avoid accidents, and you will feel better when you arrive at the destination.