For those of us with vehicles, we’re sure that you’re intensely missing those weekend drives up to Johor Bahru, and even if you don’t own a car, how many of us would simply kill to get to either Bintan or Batam now? While travel corridors haven’t quite opened up yet, we’re already anxiously anticipating when we can revert to being regular road trippers and jet setters again. So, here are a few tips for a safe and comfortable road trip that’ll get you ready ahead of the crowd for when borders finally open up again.
1. Sleep well before your road trip
If you’re going on a road trip, you’ll need to prepare your body by getting at least seven hours of sleep for a couple of nights before your journey. This will build up your energy reserves and help prevent you from having to experience a nasty case of “highway hypnosis”, which leads to drivers feeling drowsy on the road due to the extended hours of being in the driver’s seat.
On that note, it’s best to start your road trip in the morning after a good night’s rest, instead of after a long and tiring day at work.
2. Take regular breaks
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3. Sitting posture
4. Bring healthy road trip snacks
One of our favourite parts about road trips is all the little nibbles we get to munch on throughout the long drive. For your long journey, carry with you loads of dry fruits, nuts, fresh fruits, veggies, and wholesome food which will not only give you energy but will also fill your stomach. Take a few chocolates and chips for munching. Do note to watch your junk intake, as it might upset your stomach.
Remember the words of the blogger and travel expert Gretchen Breuner, author of “The RoadScholarz: Lessons from the Scenic Route”, who says, “To stay alert, carrots and almonds are my favorite.”
5. Plan your rest stops
If you drive continuously without taking any rest, it will be really exhausting. The most important thing is you need a break every two hours or 100 kilometers to recharge yourself and prepare ahead for the rest of the journey. Take sufficient rest during the break and also refresh with a hot cup of coffee or tea.
6. Chew while driving
7. Use nice aroma
When you go for a long ride, not only the ambience of the car should be neat but also the aroma of the car should be pleasant. It is always advisable to use pleasant fragrances nearby. Something like peppermint or any scent of your choice. Experts say that when you feel tired or bored, smell your favourite scent and it brushes aside your exhaustion and enhances alertness.