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Avoid Drowsy Driving
Thousands of Americans will hit the open road this year on road trips, traveling for work, family vacations, etc. Whatever the reason for travel, many may end up driving longer distances at later hours of the night and early morning. Driving at odd hours and for long periods of time can lead to drowsy driving which is dangerous not only for the driver, but for the other vehicles on the road as well. Here are a few tips to help avoid drowsy driving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that nearly 100,000 police reported vehicle crashes every year are a result of driver fatigue. Last year there were an estimated 1550 deaths and over 71,000 injuries due to crashes caused by driver fatigue. The majority of these drivers are males between the ages of 30 and 65 and had been driving hours longer than they should be.
Drowsy driving typically happens more on long stretches of boring highways, through rural areas where there is not much to see, and at high speeds. Most crashes occur between the hours of midnight and 2am, and 4am-6am. So do yourself a favor, play it safe and avoid driving during hours when you are normally asleep.
So how do you prevent drowsy driving? The answer may be simple but many people ignore the signs of fatigue. Prevent drowsy driving by following a few helpful tips:
- Make sure you get enough sleep before hitting the open road. For adults, this means 8 hours or more the night before.
- Schedule stops and breaks every 2 hours or 200 miles. Giving your body and mind a break, getting out and walking around can help reboot your energy levels to help push you on for the long stretch.
- Have someone to talk to and keep you company while driving. Engaging in conversation keeps the mind focused and alert.
If you start to feel drowsy while driving, pull over and take a nap. Even if it’s a 20 min cat-nap, any kind of rest you give yourself will help. You can also stock up on caffeinated beverages. Coffee, tea or soda has enough caffeine to keep you alert for a couple hours longer than if you went without.
The National Sleep Foundation does what they can to make people aware of the dangers of drowsy driving. To learn more about facts, ways to prevent, and who drowsy driving affects, visit www.drowsydriving.org.