Tips to Fight Off Drowsy Driving

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Tips to Fight Off Drowsy Driving

Drowsy driving is dangerous and risky and often results in accidents and death. Drowsy driving is a combination of driving and fatigue or sleepiness. While it might seem harmless to drive when you are tired, here are some alarming statistics that say otherwise:

  • According to a study a few years ago, approximately 1 in 25 adult drivers reported having fallen asleep while driving.
  • The NHTSA estimates drowsy driving was responsible for 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries, and 800 deaths in 2013. In 2019, these numbers have increased.
When drowsy, reaction time, awareness of hazards, and the ability to sustain attention take a serious dip. You are three times more likely to crash when fatigued, and driving after going 20 hours without any sleep is the same as driving with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08%.

Here are some tips to fight off drowsy driving by Capital Pre-Owned Center
1. Recognize the warning symptoms of drowsiness.
Yawning, inability to pay attention, blinking your eyes frequently, difficulty remembering the last few miles, and more are all signs of drowsiness. If you recognize any of these early symptoms of sleepiness, listen to your body and avoid driving. Instead, take a long nap before you get behind the wheel.

2. Avoid alcohol and medications that make you feel drowsy before you drive
Alcohol and drugs that cause drowsiness are hazardous while driving. Combine the two and they become a sure recipe for disaster. If you're on prescription, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the side effects of these medications. If they cause drowsiness, you must stay off the road. If driving is unavoidable, ask your doctor to change your dosage to one that does not cause drowsiness.

3. Develop good sleep habits Adults need a solid 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. And no, sleeping 7 to 8 hours during the day does not make up for a solid night's sleep. So try to avoid pulling all-nighters and instead ensure you nap well every night and get on the road early morning. If you sleep from 10 PM to 5 AM, you can get a refreshing start by 5:30 AM.

Source: DMV