Picture this: you just booked an SUV rental in Adelaide and are taking your friends on a road trip to Coober Pedy so that you can watch the stunning sunrises that the Painted Desert is known for. However, you’re the only one who knows how to drive. Considering that Coober Pedy is 849 kilometres away, it’s safe to say that you have a lot of driving ahead of you. This can be rather challenging as it requires at least eight hours of driving. 

Now, the most important thing to remember when driving long distances is to constantly stay alert as it goes a long way in preventing any accidents from occurring. To assist you with this, we’ve prepared four tips that will help you stay alert while you’re on the road:

Get Enough Sleep

When it comes to staying alert on the road, there are very few things that are more important than getting enough sleep. This shouldn’t be too surprising, as getting enough sleep means fewer chances of you falling asleep while you’re driving.

So, how much sleep do you really need? Research suggests that adults need around seven to nine hours of sleep to ensure that they’ll be at their best the following day. If you know that you’ll be driving for long periods of time, it is best to get a lot of sleep the night before!

Avoid Driving Late at Night

You’ll also want to avoid driving late at night because the human body functions on a biological clock. This means that you are more alert during some hours of the day more than others. This is why many people feel more energised during the morning. A good rule of thumb would be to avoid driving between 12 AM and 6 AM, as the average human being just isn’t at their best during these times. If you must drive during these hours, make sure that you had enough rest prior to driving. 

Open Your Windows

Now, what are your options when you’re on the road, and you feel that you’re getting a little drowsy? People have different ways of dealing with this. Some people blast loud music or make use of applications that help keep you awake. But we’ve got a much simpler solution for you. 

If you’re feeling drowsy while driving, try opening up your windows and letting the air in. The cold air that rushes into your car should jolt you awake. Now, this isn’t a permanent solution, but it will get the job done until you find a safe place to stop and rest.

Don’t Drink and Drive

Now, this goes without saying, but we’ll state it here just in case: do not drink and drive! Alcohol can severely affect your perception and motor skills. You are also more likely to fall asleep behind the wheel or get into an accident when you are inebriated. In fact, drink driving accounts for 30% of the fatal crashes in Australia.


Staying alert while driving should always be your number one priority. To that end, we hope that the tips we’ve shared above prove to be helpful during your next long drive with your friends. Remember that different things work for different people, so just try them all out and see which works best for you!

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