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Knowing Your Limits And Nighttime Driving

By Bill Hamilton

When you are driving at night, it is never a good idea to push yourself too hard. This fact is even truer when it comes to driving a recreational vehicle. After all, your RV is large and weighs a ton. Therefore, it could do unspeakable damage if you were to get into an accident. There is no reason to “mess around” when it comes to RVs and safety. This means that you must exercise a great deal of caution when it comes to night driving.

You may feel like it is “no big deal” to load up on caffeine and energy drinks in order to drive a couple of extra hours, but the fact is that doing so comes with risks. If you push yourself too long, especially at night, the chances of you having an accident go up dramatically. Caffeine may keep you awake. However, when its effects wear off, sleepiness can rush back in quickly. The end result can be that you can fall asleep behind the wheel and do so quickly.

Often drivers think that energy drinks and coffee can keep them awake all night. While this may have worked when you were in college, as we get older, pulling an all-nighter becomes less and less possible. Your body needs its rest. Even when you are on vacation, you want to stay alert. While caffeinated drinks may work for awhile, eventually your body really will need to rest. At a certain point, energy drinks will just leave you jittery and unfocused.

The first few days of your vacation in your RV, you may be able to push yourself harder. You will have the extra burst of adrenaline from knowing that you are going somewhere new. However, that adrenaline will not keep you awake forever. As a result, on subsequent nights of your trip, you may feel as though you want to lie down on your RV mattress and go to sleep at your regular bedtime.

If you find that you are driving your RV well into the night and far past your reasonable bedtime, ask yourself if it is really necessary for you to be doing so. If you are trying to meet a particular vacation schedule, consider whether or not it is as important as you think. If you can adjust your trip to be more conducive to your sleep schedule, by all means do so.

Bill Hamilton is a travel expert, author of 2 travel books, and daily blogger on the topic of the best travel practices. Whether you are looking for RV mattresses or appliances for your vehicle, Bill Hamilton has you covered.

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