NHTSA Launches Drowsy Driving Awareness Campaign
One in three drivers admit to driving while sleepy, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety 2015 Traffic Safety Culture Index found. These drivers admit to being so sleepy they struggled to keep their eyes open while driving. Annually, drowsy driving results in as many as 1.2 million collisions – ending in thousands of fatalities.
That’s why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched a new drowsy driving awareness campaign. They hope to inform and caution drivers about the dangers of driving while tired.
The best defense against drowsy driving isn’t another cup of coffee – instead, get a full eight hours of rest before hopping behind the wheel. Even with a good night of sleep, though, drivers tend to become drowsy behind the wheel during certain hours. Avoid extended road trips between the hours of midnight and 6 AM especially. Another common time for drowsy driving to occur? The hours between 2 PM and 6 PM. With the warm afternoon sun streaming through your windshield, it’s all too easy to fall asleep.
Sleep is truly the only remedy for drowsy driving, so don’t be afraid to pull over if you find yourself yawning and struggling to keep your eyes open. There’s no shame in taking a break to rest and get some exercise before hitting the road again. Another great strategy for avoiding drowsy driving? Riding with a co-pilot. If you’ve got a long trip ahead of you, have a friend ride shotgun. You can drive while they rest, and when you start feeling tired, you can switch!
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