Originally Posted by ko777
What do you do to increase your driving endurance?
What snack do have during the trip? Keep you sharp not sleepy
What do you do to make the long driving interesting when going solo?
This trip will be over 5000 km, I will take this as a challenge to make it safely and I am hoping I'll get some tips to make my driving enjoyable and not a struggle.
Driving tips please...
I love to drive, and pretty much all my trips are solo, long-haul excursions.
Unfortunately, my belief is that either you are that way or you are not. What is sheer bliss to me is torture for a lot of people I know.
I'm not sure there is any way you can condition yourself for long stretches behind the wheel -especially in the short time you have remaining.
How do you 'get in shape' to sit motionless for 10 hours?
Up until 2008, I spent 10 years commuting to work (solo) 110km each way.
Sometimes, after a 12 hour graveyard shift, it could be a bit difficult to stay awake on the drive home.
A snack of some sort helps. I used to be sure to have a handful of those small pepperoni sticks on hand (I used to buy them in big packages at the IGA). Mind you, I'm a dedicated carnivore and far less dedicated to healthy eating than I should be. Carrot sticks or some such thing might do the job (especially with lots of dip!
It's strange, but when I quit smoking, I found it very difficult to stay awake on the drive home. I do not, however, advocate taking up smoking.
Music works for some people -others it lulls to sleep. Beware. Oddly enough, on that marathon 13,000 km trip I did last summer, other than doing the 'Ride of the Valkries' thing on my way out of town, the only time I had the stereo on was for an hour on the Dempster Highway (a movie soundtrack that sort of fit the country). Otherwise, the entire trip was driven in silence and I was just fine with that. Maybe I'm very comfortable with myself. Or, maybe I'm just weird. That fits, too.
I used to listen to talk radio all the time when I had satellite radio because I'm a bit of a news and political junkie. But when the satellite connection packed it in, I found I didn't miss it at all so I never bothered getting it hooked back up.
You may want to consider grabbing a few of those karaoke CD's. I've got a couple I used to use. I have an atrocious singing voice and invariably wind up laughing at myself. It's hard to fall asleep when you're laughing.
I never found getting out and going for a short walk to be much use when you're sleepy. It will keep you from driving into the ditch right there, but you'll right back in the same boat 10 miles down the road. If you're falling asleep -pack it in for a while. There's too much chance for real tragedy there.
My advice to you would be to not try to go long-haul like that. If you're not used to it or you don't like it, then it'll just be an ordeal -and you're supposed to be going out there to enjoy yourself.
Either shorten your range, lengthen your time or find a co-driver you can put up with.
Whatever you do, I wish you a safe and enjoyable trip.