Drowsy driving is impaired driving. About half of adults have admitted to consistently getting behind the wheel while drowsy. Going more than 20 hours without a good night’s sleep is the equivalent to having a blood-alcohol limit of 0.08%. Driving while drowsy slows your reaction time, affects awareness of hazards, and your ability to sustain hazards.
What are the signs of drowsy driving?
1. Frequent yawning
2. Nodding off or not being able to keep your eyes open
3. Missing exits, and signs
4. Difficult maintaining speed
5. Drifting out of your lane
What can you do to prevent drowsy driving?
1. Rolling Down Your Window
Rolling down your window, and taking in the fresh air won’t cure your drowsiness, but it can distract you and keep you awake until you can stop for a rest.
2. Get a Good Sleep
Getting a full 7-8 hours of sleep will make you more aware, and alert, and will prevent the possibility of nodding off at the wheel.
3. Use Caffeine
Using caffeine for a short term boost can help you stay awake when feeling drowsy. Sipping on any beverage, or snacking can help keep you awake while on the road.
4. Avoid Driving Late at Night
Most drowsy driving accidents occur between 11pm and 8am. Sleep is a powerful biological drive, and even if you got a good sleep the night before, driving in the dark can trigger the sleep hormone melatonin into your body.
5. Buddy System
If you are taking a long road trip, or driving late at night, take a friend. Use the buddy system and have someone there to talk to, and to switch off with.
Driving drowsy can be dangerous, but by looking out for the signs, and resting when you feel tired, it can reduce your chances of getting into an accident.
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