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Can a blaring radio keep you awake on the road?

Keeping awake and alert is a top priority for truckers who spend many hours on a nighttime Washington road. Truck drivers will try a number of ways to maintain their energy and stamina while driving. Some drivers may think keeping the radio on is the right call since constant noise should keep people from falling asleep. But the truth is that a blaring radio in your truck might not be a good idea.

Knight Transportation warns that a continuing stream of noise from the radio can actually exhaust your brain. While you are listening to the radio, you are receiving a stream of input that your mind has to process. However, the more you listen to audio content, the more your brain has to think about what it is processing. This applies no matter if you listen to music, a radio talk show, or a book on tape.

An exhausted mind can produce deadly consequences on the road. Your senses could dull, decreasing your ability to process what is happening around you. And with a decreased reaction time comes a reduced ability to react if you have to slow down or make a turn. You also stand a greater risk of falling asleep while at the wheel even if the radio is still on.

To combat this problem, do not put the radio on constantly. Take breaks instead. Letting your mind rest will decrease your chances of exhausting yourself. However, after a while you might become lethargic because of lack of stimuli, especially if the road is quiet and there are no turnoffs for long periods of driving time. If you start to feel tired, you can switch the radio on again.

Keep in mind that this article is not written to provide legal advice. Its purpose is to educate readers on the topic of truck accidents.

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