High season is in full swing, which means a significant increase in the trip for holiday parties and family gatherings. In view of the increase of vehicles on the roads, it is even more critical that safe driving is followed to and from your destination. An important safety practice that is often overlooked is that you have enough rest before you get behind the wheel. With over 40% of those who acknowledge that they have fallen asleep while driving, driver fatigue is a serious issue.
According to the report of the Governor's Highway Safety Association, in 2015, about 5,000 drivers occurred in crashes that meant drowsy driving. In addition, it is estimated that there are 100,000 reported accidents each year involving exhausted driving.
To help counteract this hazard, it is important that the drivers get a good night's sleep before taking a longer trip. But even if you are well-off before a trip, fatigue can still be put in for a long run. Here are some additional tips to avoid an accident from drowsy driving:
- Feeling signs of fatigue. If you start to dig frequently or feel that you can sneak off while driving, find a safe place to go over and rest. Get out of the vehicle, stretch and walk around to help you wake up. If necessary, take a short nap before getting back on the road.
- Eat nutritious meals during and on the days leading up to your trip. Do not use caffeine or high-sugar drinks to compensate for lack of sleep.
- Check with your doctor that the medicines you are using do not make you drowsy or impair your ability to drive safely.
Avoid drowsy driving will help you make it your next party safe, well-intentioned and ready to enjoy family and friends.
National Safety Council. "Drowsy Driving is Impaired Driving."
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