alan wrote:I'm still burned out from a long drive. Driving leaves me brain-dead and dull minded. Has anyone found a way to deal with the hassles of traffic and the long hours of tedium behind the wheel without going soft in the head?
Our brain works in cycles.
For ~45 minutes our attention will be high, after that it will drop dramatically, and the brain needs a break to recover. I can always observe that with my students, they get total black-outs then.
That is why our school hours (here) last 45 minutes.
Both teachers and children need it.
After a break of 5-15 minutes the brain is able to go back into attention mode again. .
If I were you, I would take a break every 45 minutes, stop the car, get out, stretch, walk around a bit, let your eyes rest while looking at nature, (if possible) or stay inside of the car, lean back and close your eyes and recover. Eat and drink something regularly too, to keep your blood sugar constant, -eat something light, perhaps some fruit and some non greasy protein. Your trip will be much more enjoyable, perhaps even plan to visit a sight worth spending some more time at.
It may appear like a loss of time, but in the end, it doesn't amount to much, and the toll you have to pay isn't so high. This toll may be lives, if your brain can't react quickly enough...and you don't need that.
Best wishes, and pleasant driving,