Sleepy driver - AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
- Make sure to get sufficient sleep the night before driving, and, again, especially before embarking on a long trip. If you get less than six hours of sleep, you increase your risk of falling asleep at the wheel. Four hours of sleep is really dangerous.
- Don’t work all day and then drive all night. Research shows that a driver who has been awake 20 or more hours is at high risk of falling asleep.
- Travel at times when you are normally awake. Stay overnight instead of driving straight through to your ultimate destination.
- Bring a passenger with you. He or she can watch you for any signs of fatigue. Ask your passenger sitting in the front seat to remain awake.
- Take a power nap. Pull off the road to a safe place, such as a rest stop or a well-lit parking lot, and sleep for about 20 minutes. When you wake up, drink some coffee and walk around for a bit to thoroughly wake up before you resume your trip.
- Take a break. Every couple of hours or 100 miles you should stop and take a break. Of course, if you start to feel tired, take that break sooner.