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To prevent drowsiness on your trips, you should

Sleep debt is a dangerous condition in which missing sleep adds up until you risk falling asleep at the wheel unless you get some rest. People are often surprised that getting less than 6 hours of sleep per night triples the risk of an accident. At least 15% of heavy truck crashes are believed to involve driver fatigue. Before a trip, you should get adequate sleep (adults need 8 to 9 hours to maintain alertness); prepare your route carefully to identify total distance, stopping points, and other logistical considerations; schedule trips for the hours during which you are normally awake, not the middle of the night; drive with a passenger; avoid medications that cause drowsiness; consult your physician if you suffer from daytime sleepiness, have difficulty sleeping at night, or take frequent naps; and incorporate exercise into your daily life to give yourself more energy.