Nearly all drivers (96 percent) feel drowsy driving is unacceptable behavior, yet almost a third (32 percent)admitted driving when they were so tired that they had difficulty keeping their eyes open. I don’t know about you, but I have had that happen many times over my 65 odd years behind the wheel of a car.
A study released last year by the AAA found that one in every six deadly crashes and one in eight crashes causing serious injury involved a drowsy driver. Accidents caused by sleep deprivation as was reported by the Lt Gov of Massachusetts in November 2011 after rolling over a state automobile are on the increase as well. Drowsy driving kills, just as drunken, drugged and distracted driving does. A recent AAA Foundation research on drowsy drivers found that 41% admit to falling asleep at the wheel at some point. With one in 10 saying that they had done so in the past year. In order to prevent a fall asleep crash;
- Get plenty of sleep the night before a long drive, although this has proven to be ineffective with me on a couple of even short runs.
- Stop driving if you become sleepy. Well this is great if you have a place to pull over without the ere of your friendly constabulary.
- Travel at times when you are normally awake. I can’t seem to stay awake if I start driving early and into the sun. Night vision problems cause another travel time problem.
- Schedule a break every two hours or every 100 miles. I drove from Connecticut to California in 3 1/2 days using this method.
- Drink caffeinated beverages, but all that does for me is make me adhere to the last tip.
- Travel with an awake passenger. Particularly loud and boisterous kids, works for me.
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You might want to check www.aaafoundation.org for more tips on How To Avoid Drowsy Driving.