The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates conservatively that each year Drowsy Driving is responsible for at least 100,000 automobile crashes, 71,000 injuries, and 1,550 fatalities...
Here are some tips to prevent drowsy driving:
- Get a good night's sleep. While this varies from individual to individual, the average person requires about 8 hours of sleep a night.
- Plan to drive long trips with a companion. Passengers can help look for early warning signs of fatigue or switch drivers when needed. Passengers should stay awake to talk to the driver.
- Schedule regular stops, every 100 miles or 2 hours.
- Avoid alcohol and medications (over-the-counter and prescribed) that may impair performance. Alcohol interacts with fatigue; increasing its effects — just like drinking on an empty stomach.