Risk management

Defensive driving

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.

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
  • Stop, take a nap, and drink coffee if you’re tired
  • Stop every so often over long distances
  • Avoid medications that cause drowsiness

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:

Be especially careful late at night, early in the morning, and during the mid-afternoon hours when drowsy driving accidents are most likely to happen.

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.

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 if you have to drive.

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.

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The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as all encompassing, or suitable for all situations, conditions, and environments. Please contact us or your attorney if you have any questions.