Nearly One-Third Of Drivers Admit To Driving While Half-Asleep: Survey Page 2

November 4, 2011

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.

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