Tips for Combating Driver Fatigue

There are many things that can impair  optimal driving conditions. One of them is driver fatigue. Having insufficient sleep or rest prior to a long road trip is an obvious reason why people get tired while driving.  But driving fatigue is not only dangerous for the obvious reason that you may fall asleep at the wheel, it also slows down your reaction time which may result in you misjudging a situation and getting into an accident. Fatigue also decreases the driver’s focus and concentration and thus impairs judgment as well.

Warning signs of driver fatigue includes frequent yawning, difficulty maintaining conversation, disorientation or drifting on the center of the road or the shoulders. If you are a driver you frequently gets tired when driving there are a few things you can do.

1)      If you can schedule your trip during day time hours then do so. Driving at night has a dulling affect to the scentless and many people have trouble staying alert and focused.

2)      Take breaks as often as you need them. If you feel drowsy, pull over and take a cat-nap. Taking breaks as short as 10 minutes can refresh you enough to get to your destination safely.

3)     Before driving, dDo not take any medications that can make you drowsy. Look for any ingredient with the phrase “CNS depressant.” Do not take antihistamines either as they are known to cause drowsiness. To be sure, read the instructions which come with your medication or consult your pharmacist.

4)      If not contraindicated, drink caffeinated beverages like coffee, tea and soda. Energy drinks are good energy boosters as well but be careful as some cause elevated blood pressure and have other negative side effects.

5)      If your passengers can drive then why not share the driving with them? Let someone else drive so that you can rest in the passenger seat.

6)      Never drive when you are exhausted and certainly not if you’ve been drinking, even the smallest amount. Even limited amounts of alcohol can make you tired especially if you were already getting drowsy before you had anything to drink.

Driver fatigue can be just as dangerous as drunk driving so you should take every precaution you can to not drive while tired. Falling asleep at the wheel can happen literally at the blink of an eye. Don’t think that you will be able to stay awake driving when you are tired. Driving statistics couldn’t be any clearer. Falling asleep while driving is one of the leading causes of accidents that kill and injury thousands every year.

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