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My destinations are 7+ hours away, and I don't always have another driver with me. Hotels are expensive. Help!
mysticsovereign mysticsovereign 56-60, F 19 Answers Sep 29, 2008

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Drive a stolen car; fear of being caught will give you an adrenaline rush sufficient to keep you going for much longer than 7+ hours.

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Ooo-no. Sleepy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving. I don't think anything you take will keep you awake, safely. I think, start early, and stop for a lunch and an hours nap, drive refreshed.

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Heres' what I do. I roll the window down (this only works with power windows). Insert finger. Roll window back up. Pain will keep you alive my friend.

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chewing gum. Blowing the A/C on high on your face.

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cold air, music that you DONT like, and a friend poking you every few seconds

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i have to drive 21 hours to see my husband, and i generally make the first 11 one day, then the last 10 the next... unless i HAVE to drive straight through...<br />
I'm pretty good at staying awake, and I just do all the things everyone else listed. Loud music, windows down, I innocently flirt with the truckers to see how many honks I can get (haha), think about things that keep me awake (problems at work that need resolved), talk on the phone (with a blue tooth), stop and take a walk in a public place, energy drinks... though they make me feel like crap in the long run.

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very cold air conditioning or better yet fresh air<br />
alarm clock that goes off every hour<br />
energy drinks work<br />
i spy games along the way<br />
makin up songs together<br />
crossword puzzles together<br />
many many breaks -dont be rushed

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singing. singing. washing your face always. chewing sweet. I'd like taking someone with me. He will drive when I sleep and I will drive when he sleeps. Moreover there are 2 people talking, no sleepy anymore

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I think some long distance drivers take certain, um, "substances".<br />
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Don't bother. Take regular breaks, and if you need to sleep, then sleep.

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It's important you take little naps now and then...if you get into an accident while driving while tired, it's an offense like a DUI in some places. Fatigue sneaks up on you. Even a 10-minute nap in a safe place will help a lot. Aside from that, keep your car cool, keep music or talk interesting, don't overeat. Don't spend a lot of time on the cellphone...you'll get distracted. A good book on tape is nice, I find, esp if you pick a cliffhanger...like a Bourne Identity or other cliff-hanger. <br />
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But don't put yourself at risk...get some sleep!

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peppy, keep-awake-music that you really enjoy, or maybe an audio book.

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Metallica... played very loud. It helps if you know the words and sing along. Just TRY to fall asleep singing "Fuel" at the top of your lungs!!!<br />
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It works for me...

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Turn up the radio really loud or roll down all the windows. Or if someone is riding with you, have them tell you if you're falling asleep.

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Take young children, no drinks, no toys, no snacks hahahahaha<br />
You wont sleep..Guaranteed...;-)<br />
MnM

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When you feel sleepy, pull over and take a short nap. Twenty minutes will make you feel refreshed for a couple of hours.

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i use five hour

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