After the government passed a bill allowing truck drivers to drive for longer hours (eleven hours replaced the original ten hours) truck drivers may need an extra boost to stay alert during the extra time.
Typically, candy, caffeine soda, coffee, and Red Bull are popular ways to keep drivers awake while on the road. But a new product may soon take their place-caffeinated sunflower seeds!
Caffeinated sunflower seeds are infused with caffeine and other energy boosters including taurine, lysine, and ginseng (ingredients typically found in energy drinks too). The seeds are called Sumseeds and are being sold in Sioux Falls, and coming to Minneapolis and Southeast states soon. They were developed by Dakota Valley Products, Inc. Of South Dakota.
What makes these seeds better than the other caffeine alternatives? A spokesman for the National Sunflower Association said the aim of the product was to achieve a "sustained energy boost" because you can not down sunflower seeds as fast as drinking coffee or a sugary energy drink. These seeds are one alternative to stay wake on the road.
With deadlines for truck drivers, there are few things to consider for a comfortable and safe journey when fatigue starts to set in.
O Take time to move around on stops, walk around, and even lie down if available.
O Wear comfortable clothing to prevent some health problems and poor blood circulation.
O Pay attention to the truck's interior design and adjust the steering wheel and seat for maximum comfort, which can help prevent leg cramps and other components that may restrict your movements.
O Know when you're tired. Be aware of your fatigue and take time to take a break so you get to your destination healthy and safe, not only for your own needs but for other drivers on the roads as well.
While these measures will only help for the short-term, be sure to get plenty of sleep between shifts. Since there is a growing number of available truck driving jobs the increased driving time allowed is a way to bridge the gap, as well as ensuring faster delivery of products. For experienced and potential truck drivers, stay safe in your travels.