Very important to stay awake and focused on the road, breaks should absolutely not be neglected on the road to vacation.
That’s it, summer is in full swing and many French people are taking the road to holidays, while others are unfortunately already thinking about the return. After long months punctuated by constraints of all kinds, it is now time to relax, and especially in France, while travel abroad is still subject to many restrictions. Logically, this is felt on the roads, while more than one in two motorists say they prefer the car to go to their vacation spot this summer. But before lazing on the beach or indulging in your passion for hiking, you must first drive, sometimes long hours at a stretch, under the sun and in the mountains. traffic jams if you go on weekends. Conditions not always easy, which then put a strain on drivers’ concentration, hence the importance of taking regular breaks to recharge the batteries. Discover our three tips to optimize your moments of relaxation to get off on the right foot!
Stop as often as possible
This is undoubtedly the most obvious advice, but one that is often overlooked by motorists, who consider that pauses are a waste of time. To avoid feeling guilty, avoid setting an arrival time, which will put additional useful pressure on you. It is better to take your time, even if it means arriving late, rather than endangering yourself and other road users. So remember to stop at least once every two hours, for at least 15 minutes, or even more if you feel the need. This will be an opportunity to relax, go to the bathroom and buy a snack in case of hunger pangs. Don’t forget to take children and animals out to allow them to stretch their legs.
Take a nap or exercise
A break is good. But if you can, try to optimize it as much as possible, in order to get back on the road in great shape. For this, two options are available to you: the nap, or the sport. Of course, there’s no question of running a marathon around the gas station, or going for a series of 100 push-ups. But you can walk a few yards or stretch to stretch your legs effectively. If you are very tired, it is still best to make a good restorative nap about twenty minutes. Be careful not to sleep too long either, as this would be totally counterproductive. Do not forget to set your alarm clock before going to sleep, at the risk of arriving really late!
Air out the vehicle and stay hydrated
We don’t think about it enough, and yet it is very important to ventilate your vehicle during your break. When you are stopped on the motorway rest area, therefore open all the doors and windows, in order to purify the interior of your car and to refresh it. Once this operation is done, think about yourself a little, and take advantage of this break time for you. hydrate. Obviously, forget about alcohol and overly acidic drinks such as fruit juices, and prefer water. If you tend to take a nosedive quickly or want a little boost, a cup of coffee will be your best ally! According to a recent study, the express would indeed have a positive effect on the level of fatigue, so do not deprive yourself!
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