We are getting closer to summer and a lot of New Yorkers are getting ready to take long road trips to visit with family and friends. We can't wait to meet up with them and make new memories.

However it can be tough to make memories if you don't make it there. If you're like most drivers, you want to make good time getting to your destination. So it could be tough to take some time along the way and to grab a short nap.

Stopping to take a snooze could literally mean the difference between life and death when it comes to those long drives. Here are some things that you can do when you stop at a rest area to make the most of your power nap.

Adjust the Lighting

If you’re traveling during the day, bring along an eye mask so when you stop at a rest area, you can block out the light.

Get Comfortable

Think about putting down the rear seats of your car to make a makeshift bed. It's also not a bad idea to bring along a blanket with you, that way it can feel like you're in bed.

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Create Your DIY Pillow

If you don't have a travel pillow, grab your jacket and roll it up. You can also use a blanket to support your neck and head, your body will thank you later.

Share Driving Duties

If you aren't traveling alone, let your passengers have some time behind the wheel. I know this isn't easy to do but this gives everyone a chance to stay fresh. This is also a great way for you to enjoy the scenery along the way to your destination.

Plan Your Caffeine Fix

If you need an energy boost, grab a cup of coffee. Getting out of your vehicle to grab your favorite drink is a great way to stretch your legs too. It's also a good time for everyone to use the restroom too.

The Importance of Prioritizing Rest

Being behind the wheel can be physically and mentally exhausting. So taking breaks along the way is great for everyone's well-being. Being over-tired can hurt your focus and the ability to react fast. Remember arriving alive is the ultimate outcome.

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