Fatigued Driving: Falling Asleep at the Wheel
Drive alert and don’t get hurt. Very often we are warned about the precautions we need to take with cellphone use while driving and driving under the influence which are both very dangerous. Fatigued driving also needs to be taken very seriously. According to NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) there have been 795 fallen victims to fatigued driving with a total of 91,000 accidents reported in one year.
Peak hours to most fatigued driving car accidents have mostly been reported between the hours of midnight through six am and in the late afternoon. Anyone can fall behind on rest and recovery with demanding schedules but it is crucial to always include sleep within our regimen. Getting enough rest is not only to avoid fatigued driving and car accidents, it is also important for your health and state of mind.
Fatigued driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving with similar symptoms such as:
- poor judgment
- not concentrating on your driving
- slower reaction times
Focusing on the road is very crucial and ignoring signs of fatigued driving can be fatal for yourself, anyone in your vehicle and on the road.
Having trouble focusing?
Fatigued driving usually can occur when one does not have enough sleep but it can also occur with medications, untreated sleeping disorders and driving while intoxicated. If you find yourself yawning, blinking frequently or drifting from your lane pull over to rest or change drivers.
How do we avoid fatigued driving?
Make the right choice to never drive when you are too tired, here are a few ways to avoid fatigued driving.
Always try to get enough rest prior to a long trip the night before.
If you are on a road trip be sure to alternate drivers, do not drive over eight hours within the day.
Do not drive during hours of your usual sleep regimen.
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