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Long driving has always felt therapeutic for me. The thought of driving without traffic has always appealed to me. As a bonus, a fresh scenery flanks the long drive to keep one invigorated thoughout the journey. Honestly, I appreciate the long drive of the trip as much as the destination. However, long driving entails focus and discipline. These are things that expectedly disappear with boredom and fatigue. It is therefore important to acknowledge the need for rest and entertainment during the trip. Personally, I use this routine to keep fresh during long trips.
1.) Stopover every two hours
Though one could feel that less stopovers are more tolerable, it is best to have frequent stopovers as it is necessary to stay mentally and physically sharp. The mental part of long driving is even more taxing than the physical aspect since one has to stay focused to ensure a safe trip. Bathroom and caffeine breaks also keep a driver awake and relaxed. Munching on something is also essential to keep hunger pangs, that lead to bad decision-making, away.
2.) Prepare a playlist
Whether it is pop, jazz, rock, alternative, or mainstream, music will keep you in great company during the trip. Listen to the music that you like best to avoid boredom and stay entertained throughout your journey. It also helps in keeping you calm. Preparing a playlist a day or two before the trip guarantees something to keep you company once your loved ones are asleep (a sure scenario).
3.) Wear comfortable shoes
People don't often talk about shoes when driving is the topic. There are shoes that require extra effort to push the pedals which make them not ideal for long driving. Always pick your favorite shoes for driving when travelling to far places. This lessens fatigue and stress througout the trip.
4.) Prepare smaller bills and coins
Gving the exact change when paying for toll fees will prevent possible delays. This tip comes in handy all the time.
5.) Have ready beverages for everyone
It is always great idea to have drinks for everyone during the trip. Dehydration clouds sound judgment and long driving requires adequate hydration of the driver all the time.
For the MIMS community, what is your routine when driving for long periods? I would love to see your tips.