Tips of Staying Awake While Driving On a Long Distance

Reports in the united states of America from AAA foundation, a popular organization of traffic safety and  driving disciplines revealed that a thousands of people get involved in car accidents and one of the main causes of them was sleep driving. In many developing countries like Uganda, the sleep driving issue is always given a cold ear and it is never mentioned among the causes of rampant accidents on the roads.  Therefore drivers live in a limbo since they don’t know that sleep driving is one of the root causes of road accidents.  It never comes to their attention on how to avoid or address it.

Self drive in Uganda as a car rental company, we care so much about our clients and we always work so tirelessly to bring important information to them to have a safe self drive expedition in the pearl of Africa. More to that most of our clients are long distance travelers to the various tourism destinations that are located faraway from Kampala city. They are likely to face the problem of falling asleep while driving. We came up with a compilation of the tips of staying awaken while driving on a long distance.

Take a short rest before driving

When going in for a long distance drive, a driver is commended to take a rest for about 2 hours to recharge the batteries fully in order to go in for a marathon of riding. A short nap saves the driver lots, the body and the brains tend to get a reboot and thus get steady and alert on the road.

Avoid getting on the wheel at night

Human beings, we are more active during day and in the night we tend to wear off. All we need to do at night is take a nap. That’s why most cases of sleep driving accidents happen at night. Most car rental companies in Uganda do not allow travelers to drive at night and sleep driving is one of the main reasons. There forth, we advise to avoid getting on the wheel at night to save yourself from the predicament of sleep driving.

Have a colleague in the car

It a very hard task to keep awake when you are traveling alone on a long distance destination. The best way to dodge dropping off to sleep is by travelling with a companion who will keep you chatting and engaging while chatting. The journey will also seem to be short through the chats with a colleague.

Put on music

Serenades are not only fun and exciting on a road trip in Uganda but also keeps you awake while driving a long distance route. When you keep the music on, it keeps your mind engaging as you like to your favorite tunes. You can go an extra mile and sing along the music. It will keep you super awake for your entire driving period.

Have some caffeine

Any drink that contains caffeine will keep you awake while driving on a long distance. The caffeine keeps hyperactive and you can never fall off to sleep. Coffee, energy drink or a cola drink will be good for you to keep awake. Note: don’t misuse the caffeine and take an intoxicant or drug that affect your judgment.

Have some little bites

Carrying some smacks like biscuits, crisps, g.nuts, duddies, popcorns and so many helps you keep awake on long distance driving. When you feel tired grab some of the snacks to get some energy back and these also reawakens your mind.

When to know you are sleep driving?

It is actually very difficult to know that you are dosing off while driving but these are some of signs that crop out

The eye lids get heavy and it always feels like hard a thing to open your eyes.

The yawning becomes frequently and uncontrollably. This will also lead into some nodding of the head if not hit on the steering.

Driving errors become rampant while on the roads, you start missing out on road signs and radar and also the corners and turns become so hard.

What to do?

When the above signs come or show, please stop the car to a nearby popular structure/establishment

Get out of the car and do some stretching to let the blood flow in its right form

Get some refreshments and food at the nearby eatery

Or get a short nap of about 2 hours to save yourself from getting an accident due to a small issue that would have been solved right away.



Why Go to Murchison Falls National Park on Self Drive?

Murchison Falls National Park is located in the north of Uganda and it is the largest biodiversity conservation in Uganda. This wonderful game park has become the power house in Uganda’s tourism industry as it receives hundreds of thousands of tourists to enjoy its attractions.

Of lately tourists love exploring different tourism destinations on their own and this is commonly termed as self-drive expedition. These kind of expeditions are tremendously exciting as the tourists enjoy and explore a wide range of biodiversity without any restrictions.

A Uganda self-drive expedition to Murchison falls national park is very amazing and many travelers who have undertaken have had a lifetime experience and here are the reasons as to why you should go to Murchison falls national park on a Uganda self-drive expedition

Murchison falls national park has one of the most powerful and scenic waterfall in Africa. These powerful falls are a beauty to watch and encounter. As you hike to the top of the falls, you witness the Nile forcing its way out of a narrow path to a loud sound as it settles down at the bottom. Top of the falls is a good place for photography.

At Murchison falls national park, you have the opportunity to see the big five animals except the rhino that are only found at Zziwa rhino sanctuary which can also be visited on your way to the park. So it is best for you to have a stopover at a sanctuary to sum me it all as a big five time.

On the game drive around the park you see these amazing animals grazing, running around while others resting getting rid of satisfaction. There are also some other incredible animals to see on the game drive such as giraffes, elands, warthogs, antelopes and hyenas.

You can also have launch cruise at the Victoria Nile where you are able to see interesting and special aquatic lives. While on the afternoon boat ride feeling the sea breeze, you are able to see hippos, crocodiles, variety of bird species and also land animals mostly elephants and buffaloes at the banks of the river.

Murchison falls national park is one of the kind biodiversity, it is so unique with very special species of animals and plants and also interesting physical features that cannot be found anywhere in the world. It would be a very memorable experience if you would take up a Uganda Self drive Murchison falls national park.





Rules when choosing a safari lodge on a Uganda self drive tour

Self drive tours in Uganda have become a common thing as traveler love exploring different tourism destinations on their own with privacy and independence guaranteed. However sometimes these travelers find it hard to choose the best safari lodge for a night stay due to that fact that some safari lodges are not up to standards and they are poorly located that can sometimes become a problem to the travelers.

There are some key factors one has to follow to get a good safari lodge that can suit your Uganda self drive tour. Below are the rules when choosing a safari lodge on a Uganda self drive tour:

The services being offered

This is a primary rule of choosing a safari lodge. A traveler should always look for an accommodation facility that has services that suit a traveler like a bar and restaurant, good bedding, hot water, swimming pool and a reflexology arena. These kinds of services add more value to the traveler’s experience while on a self drive tour.

The price of the safari lodge

Though going on a tour is about having a good time, the traveler should always be in check of his/her spending. The traveler should not spend beyond his/her means as this leads to financial instability that may lead to getting stuck on the tour. It should always be wise of the traveler to look at the price of the safari lodge and know whether it fits his/her billing.

Read the reviews

When choosing a safari lodge on a Uganda self drive tour, it is of essence to read the comments or remarks the previous customers of the facilities have posted on their websites. These previous customers have experienced the moment of truth thereby knowing the kind of services the lodge offers to its customers. As a traveler, you should go for a safari lodge with good comment from their customers.

Check for Infuriating

A safari lodge should be so serene and very conducive for a rest. It should be free from noise and also not over crowed by so many clients. You can get to know that by using Google earth and relocate the lodge and know its surroundings.

Also look at their website and know the number of guest they receive at a particular time. It gives a traveler a wonderful experience with a peace of mind if the safari lodge has a very serene environment and also there is no competition of services.

Distance from an urban centre

Though a safari lodge should be away from noise, it should be with in the vicinity of an urban centre. This is as important as the urban centre in most cases has social and tourism amenities like bank, hospital, restaurants, discotheque and car repair workshop to mention but a few that are of importance to the traveler.

Proper internet connection

In this day and age generation, internet is a very vital tool in context it is a basic need to each and every person as there are lots of things to be done on it like business, communicating with the beloved ones and also getting news. It is best to choose a safari lodge on your Uganda self drive tours that has a wifi where you can connect to internet easily.




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