Altitude's Effect on Drivers
The higher the altitude, the less oxygen there is in the air. Some people may react to the decrease in oxygen. They may develop mild symptoms such as headache, nausea, and fatigue. Remember, insufficient hydration can lead to the onset of symptoms of altitude sickness. Even if they're mild, they can affect your alertness.
According to experts in altitude sickness prevention, the effects of high altitude can be decreased by following these recommendations:
- Drink two to three times more fluids than usual—water and juices are best.
- Avoid alcohol and minimize caffeine.
- Decrease salt intake.
- Eat frequent small meals.
- Take frequent breaks.