This is a very important question as driving drowsy, (not fully awake), is as dangerous as driving drunk and has been found by the National HighwayTraffic Safety Administration to be the cause of 100,000 crashes each year.
Here is a typical scenario of an accident caused by driving drowsy:
- Crash occurs late at night/early morning or mid-afternoon (between midnight and 6 am. and between 1 pm and 5 pm)
- It is a serious accident
- A single vehicle leaves the roadway
- Often on high-speed roads
- There is no attempt to avoid the crash
- The driver is alone in the vehicle
- Young male driver age 16 to 29
Here are the best things to do to prevent this happening to you:
- Drive when alert and rested, after getting a good night’s sleep.
- Avoid alcohol especially when tired – it is a dangerous mix for driving.
- Avoid driving between midnight and 6 in the morning and beware of the afternoon slump between 1 and 5.
- If you get drowsy and heavy headed, pull over and take a power nap for 20 minutes, or switch drivers.
- Have someone keep the driver company while driving during the peak drowsy times of the day.
- Take breaks every hour or two and stretch your legs.
- Avoid driving long hours in one day, especially if alone.
Here are some other safety tips for road trips: 5 Simple Things You Can Do To Make Your Holiday Road Trip Safer.
For more information on drowsy driving: AAA Fondation for Traffic Safety
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