Sun-drenched speeding on twisty roads may be the popular dreamy image of Real Driving, but sometimes you need to settle in for hours of droning travel time. Maintaining awareness is crucial even if the roads are boring. How do you stay alert during long drives, especially at night?

Caffeine in its manifold forms is essential for late-night driving (or even regular life for many of us), but coffee alone isn't always enough. You need something that will spike your system with a bit more than just Colombia's (legal) finest. My personal preference: Sour candy, the stronger the better. The pucker factor from Sour Patch Kids or sour-cherry balls is just the most obvious symptom of your whole body perking up and getting back into an aware state.

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