We have all been there – found ourselves drowsy or falling asleep while driving. But we all do the same thing, and that is to try to keep ourselves awake by opening the window or turning up the volume on the music.
Continuing to drive while drowsy is not the safest way to get to your destination. According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep deprivation has very similar effects on your body as taking an alcoholic drink! For a driver who has been awake for 24 hours, your driving will reflect the same effects as having a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) of .10. This level is even higher than New York’s driving while intoxicated BAC of .08.
It’s a fact that more than 100,000 car accidents each year have drowsy driving as a factor.
Signs of Drowsy Driving
There are many other signs of driver fatigue besides yawning, and these include:
· Difficulty focusing
· Drifting to the shoulder of another lane
· Being inattentive
· Having wandering thoughts
· Feeling restless, impatient or irritable
· Shallow breathing
· Having brief memory lapses; zoning out
If you notice any of these signals while driving, stop at once! Pull over in a safe spot and walk around the car, taking deep breaths. Grab a cup of coffee and don’t continue until you feel up to it. A short nap can help reinvigorate you for the rest of your trip.
How To Prevent Drowsy Driving
The only way to avoid sleepy driving is prevention:
· Make sure you get enough sleep at night. Most adults need between 7 and 9 hours.
· Never drink and drive. Just one beer is enough to cause drowsiness.
· For long trips, take a break every 2 hours. Get out of the car for a 10-minute walk.
· Instead of eating while driving, take a break and sit down at a restaurant for your meal.
· Drink caffeinated coffee, tea and soft drinks.
Learn more about drowsy driving and how to prevent it here.
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