If you’ve ever taken a road trip, you likely know that long drives can be mentally and physically exhausting. Safe drivers must be mindful of other drivers and self-aware of their energy levels.
Drowsiness while driving can sneak up on you. However, there are several warning signs to watch for, whether you’re the driver or passenger. The most common warning sign is yawning or blinking frequently. Both actions will increase in frequency the more exhausted a driver becomes. If you notice increased yawning or blinking, it’s best to start looking for a safe place to stop.
While we often hear about the dangers of drunk driving, drowsy driving doesn’t often get the same attention. However, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), being awake for 18 hours or more is like having a blood alcohol content of 0.05%.
The NHTSA has done extensive research on drowsy driving. Their study found that most drowsy driving accidents occur on rural roads and highways between midnight and 6:00 AM. Many are single-passenger accidents where the driver dozes off long enough that they cannot apply the brakes before colliding with a tree, guardrail, or other obstacles.
- Drive With a Partner - Listen to Music - Healthy Snacks - Keep It Cool - Pull Over When Needed