When you work in the transportation industry, you have a lot of hours on monotonous roads ahead of you. Listening to the radio leads to repetition. The same sights. The same sounds. All of these together make for dangerous driving conditions. That is why you need to stay awake and alert. First you need to prepare and care for yourself physically. This means drinking plenty of water and sleeping when you need it. Don’t try to push through fatigue. As for what you are listening to, however, there are many more options than just listening to the radio.

Those who drive commercial transporters are qualified, professional individuals. They have been trained and they are licensed. The problem, however, is the time you spend driving. If you are not alert and ready to react to the dangers on the road, you could end up killing yourself and several other people. Keeping your brain engaged is not just something you should do to pass the time – it’s another safety measure to make sure you get from one place to another without a problem.

1. Talk to People

Ensure that you have a means to talk to people wirelessly. This could mean having a headset, or having a radio within reach, or being able to communicate through your vehicle. Having a conversation means that your brain cannot tune out the noise. It means responding and engaging with your loved ones who you would be missing on your long drive. You can also talk to other drivers who are in the same position as you are. Having someone there to engage with is great for staying awake.

2. Learn Something New

There are so many ways to learn today. For drivers, there are audio files. You can listen to audiobooks or you can listen to podcasts. Each can be loaded ahead of time and played while you are driving. There are tens of thousands of audio books out there. If you have struggles with reading, you might find you have a much easier time with audio books. Like television or movies, audio books don’t depend on you to continue.

If you want to learn something new, however, and not just hear a new story, then you should stick with podcasts and non-fiction audio books. Podcasts come in episode formats so you can get smaller pieces of information at a time.

3. Music is Therapy

Popular radio station, frankly, play the same music on repeat. Not only can this get irritating when you are stuck in a vehicle for hours on end, it doesn’t help with your attention. That is why you should instead choose satellite radios or make your own playlists ahead of time. Music can change your mood entirely. Upbeat music can make you feel more awake, while slower music can help you calm down.

Knowing how to multi-task effectively and safely when you are transporting goods can save lives and make your commute much more enjoyable. Learning something new, or simply having conversations, is a great way to multi-task. Just because you are driving doesn’t mean you can’t keep it touch. It doesn’t mean that you can’t learn something new based on your interests or goals in life. When all else fails, use music to keep you energized.