Did you know that a drowsy driver can be just as dangerous as a drunk driver? It’s true, and people should be aware of it, especially during peak travel times like the holidays. In all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it can be very easy for a person to forego sleep as they rush to buy gifts, run errands, plan and attend parties, and make travel plans. Sadly, this can have the terrible unintended consequence of a preventable accident.
Fatigue can cause poor judgment, lack of concentration, and slower reaction times, which can make driving extremely dangerous. Falling asleep behind the wheel is a very real and alarmingly common possibility – in fact, 37% of adult drivers admitted that they have fallen asleep while driving at least once (National Sleep Foundation “Sleep in America” poll, 2005).
Keep this information in mind to proactively prevent drowsy driving this holiday travel season:
- If you have a long car trip ahead of you, ensure that you get a full seven to eight hours of sleep the night before you embark.
- Take rest breaks about every two hours during your drive to give you a chance to get some fresh air and stretch your legs. Do this even if you don’t think you feel tired, because sleepiness can sneak up on you unexpectedly.
- Try not to drive any more than eight or ten hours in one day. If it will take longer than this to reach your destination, consider stopping somewhere for the night.
- Avoid drinking alcohol before your trip. Even a small amount can make you fatigued.
- Avoid eating a heavy meal before or during your trip. Feeling full may lead to drowsiness.
- If possible, split the driving responsibility with one of your passengers so that you can alternate when one of you becomes tired.
By following these tips, you can ensure that you won’t be the cause of a drowsy driving accident. Happy travels and happy holidays!
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