Watch out for fatigue
Defensive driving requires you to know and understand the dangers of driving while overly tired or fatigued. Operating a vehicle while you are fatigued is dangerous for both you and for others who may be on the road. Traffic safety experts say that fatigued or drowsy driving may be a factor in more than 100,000 crashes every year—crashes that result in 40,000 injuries and more than 1,500 deaths. A National Sleep Foundation study finds that 51 percent of adults admit to driving while drowsy, and 17 percent report having fallen asleep at the wheel. To prevent accidents due to fatigue, take some simple precautions.
Here are some defensive driving tips to help you avoid this dangerous condition:
- Be especially careful during late night, early morning, and mid-afternoon hours when drowsy driving accidents are most likely to happen.
- Stop, take a nap, and drink coffee if you're tired
- Stop and take a short nap of 15 or 20 minutes if you're tired and having trouble keeping your eyes open. Have a cup of coffee or other caffeinated drink, too.
- Stop every so often over long distances
- When driving long distances, get out of your vehicle every couple of hours to stretch and refresh. Also, set realistic and safe daily mileage goals.
- Avoid medications that cause drowsiness
Have you ever driven while drowsy? Have you ever almost fallen asleep at the wheel? Remember these tips to avoid accidents when you're tired.
Share this knowledge with others, especially those who may be leaving on a long trip. Your knowledge may help prevent a serious accident.