How to not be tired after long trips?

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  1. Redtwin

    Redtwin Road Train Member

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    All the nuts roll downhill to Florida.

    Florida Man is real!!!!.
     
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  3. bad-luck

    bad-luck Road Train Member

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    It takes time for your body to adjust. I myself listen to audio books. I use the overdrive app with my library card. It's free and the miles fly by... I do drink coffee and energy drinks when I get tired.
     
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  4. TravR1

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    Agreed. Sometimes Ill just turn the Qualcomm off and just drive. I know when I reach a certain city I'm getting close to the required 30 minute, then I turn it back on.

    Ideally I will drive 7 hours before I take my break. It makes it go faster. I dont like taking my 30 at the 4 1/2 hours mark.

    Also if schedule permits, take an hour break, not just a half hour. My breaks average probably 45 minutes when I am driving my full clock. As long as I am not in anyones way. My lunches are at like 2AM so not much parking most of the time. I kind of just have to sneak in somewhere.
     
  5. Redtwin

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    At that time of the morning I have no qualms about taking my 30 min break at the fuel island when there are 3 or 4 open fuel pumps still available.

    That's a much safer option than exiting at a rest area and finding it so jammed up that the only way out is to reverse back up the entrance road and onto the highway shoulder keeping your eyes peeled for anyone behind you exiting.

    Yes, that really happened to me in KY.
     
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  6. TravR1

    TravR1 Road Train Member

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    Yep. Thats happened to me twice. Its kind of sad people cant trip plan a little better.

    At those hours TA and Petro are usually pretty good. Not at busy as Loves overnight and there's twice as many pumps.

    I'm still mad about the Flying J I stopped at west of Odessa off I20. The way out was blocked. We all had to back up and exit out through the fuel lanes the wrong way. Lol
     
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  7. MTN Boomer

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    Health food stores have something called Fit. Made by Garden of Life. Has everything in it. A good seat does wonders too.
     
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  8. Doing_flatbed_nc

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    I do push ups as part of my PTI. I've found it helps keep me calm in the face of BS and helps keep my energy up.

    Also, I do not eat until I shut down for the night. That's right. I only eat after my 12-14 hours. Takes a week to get used to but once you do you'll have energy all day.
     
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  9. Redtwin

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    I also follow the no eating until end of the shift. I don't count a protein shake in the morning as "food".
     
  10. Tony4

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    Thanks a lot! very useful
     
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  11. tommymonza

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    I suffered with a 250 thousand mile worn out seat in my company Western Star for 2 weeks that still looked new after I steam cleaned But was flat worn out and would not recline.

    Stupid Western Star feature.

    I got so desperate I shimmed up the front of it to get some recline to get me through the week.

    Told the shop I was going to go pickup a new Legacy seat to install and if they had a problem with it.

    They said no problem but if you want one we will buy you one.

    Cheap cloth version Legacy but a 100 times better than a worn out factory seat.

    I used to own a shoe store.

    I used to preach to people that the 2 most important things you need in life is a good mattress and good shoes.

    I knew nothing about semi s than

    90% of the seats out there in trucks are Shot for giving support

    I bought my 1997 International Eagle with a million 175 on it and the original driver seat was still there and appeared intact until you sat in it.

    Buy a new Frikin seat. Best investment other than a mattress and Engel cooler.
     
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