Drowsy driving is a major problem in our country. According to a survey by the National Sleep Foundation, 28 percent of Americans admitted to falling asleep at the wheel in 2009 and another 54 percent admitted to driving while drowsy. Both of these can pose great dangers to other drivers on the road, as well as passengers, pedestrians, and nearby property. It’s important that all U.S. drivers work together and take steps to prevent drowsy driving and driver fatigue accidents from occurring.
Ways you can help prevent driver fatigue accidents include:
- Always ensure you’ve had a good night’s sleep before hitting the road for an extended period of time. At least six or seven hours are ideal.
- Share driving duties. When driving long distances, always bring along a friend. This allows you to switch off and take a nap anytime you get tired.
- If you get sleepy, pull over to the side of the road. Take a catnap until you feel rested enough to continue.
- Turn up the air or roll down the windows. A little chill will help keep you focused and alert.
- Be sure to allow enough time to get to your destination. That way, you’re not pushing yourself too hard to stay on schedule.
- Grab a cup of coffee or a soda, and get a boost with some caffeine.
- Avoid drinking alcohol or taking any medications that could make you sleepy before taking the wheel.
- Make regular pit stops. This allows you to stay alert and keep your muscles awake.
- Turn on the radio and sing along to the songs you know. This helps keeps your mind engaged and working.
Were you or a loved one the victims of driver fatigue accidents? You could be due compensation for your injuries and damages. Contact an attorney at the Law Offices of Pat Maloney to begin discussing your case.