The first full week of November is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. If you have never considered how dangerous a sleepy driver can be, consider the following stats.
With many people driving to and from work most days, and some driving for their job, drowsy driving is a safety topic that should not be ignored.
Sleep deprivation causes mental impairment similar to the effects of alcohol consumption, reducing acuity and slowing the body’s reflexes. Drowsy driving can cause:
Understanding the factors that contribute to drowsiness will help you identify potential hazards. Any one or combination of the following conditions can increase the risk of drowsy driving:
To avoid drowsy driving and prevent accidents, it’s essential to understand the symptoms to know when to pull over. Common symptoms include:
If you are feeling drained and having a hard time keeping your eyes open before getting into your vehicle, it’s a good idea to avoid driving until you feel refreshed.
The best way to avoid drowsy driving is to prevent drowsiness altogether. Here are some tips to help you be alert no matter what you’re doing.
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