Energy Drinks and Driving

Garwin Beukes - It's a fact most of us resort to energy drinks when we feel extremely tired or perhaps not fit to drive that extra couple of kilometres into the night. Justifiably so, because of the alarming rates of accidents due to driver fatigue and falling asleep whilst behind the wheel.

Well first and foremost, I must say the best and only option should always be to rest properly and rather avoid driving.

We do realise that isn't always possible when travelling over long distances; I mean, you want to get there as soon as possible. So in the event that you do take on an energy drink before driving, here's what you need to know:

Energy drinks do not work instantly. It takes a good 10 to 20 minutes for them to effectively kick in. The best option is to take a 20 minute nap, wash your face (if possible) to feel a bit freshened up, and thereafter embark on your journey.

Doing this does not mean that you are at a hundred percent, but it's important to note that it will only keep you going for a short time frame. 1 hour and 30 minutes will be the most it does for you, there after you need to get off the road.

Again, and I cannot emphasise this enough, ENERGY ARE NOT A REPLACEMENT OF REST! Be safe on the roads, rather get there than risking it and not getting there at all.