The National Sleep Foundation is hosting Drowsy Driving Prevention Week to educate drivers about sleep safety.
According to a new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the tragedy of drowsy driving involves about one in six deadly crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that drowsy driving results in 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and more than 100,000 accidents each year.
Take Action Against Drowsy Driving
If you are feeling drowsy or notice that you are having difficulty focusing or keeping your head up, then consider taking these precautions:
- Get a good night’s sleep.
You’ll want to be alert for the drive, so be sure to get adequate sleep (seven to nine hours) the night before you go.
- Don’t be rushed.
Many drivers try to maximize the holiday weekend by driving at night or without stopping for breaks. It’s better to allow time to drive alert and arrive alive.
- Use the buddy system.
A buddy who remains awake for the journey can take a turn behind the wheel and help identify the warning signs of fatigue.
- Take a break.
Every 100 miles or 2 hours, do something to refresh yourself like getting a snack, switching drivers, or going for a run.
- Take a nap.
Find a safe place to take a 15 to 20-minute nap, if you think you might fall asleep. Be cautious about excessive drowsiness after waking up.
- Consume caffeine.
The equivalent of two cups of coffee can increase alertness for several hours.
If you need any ideas or have any questions regarding the Drowsy Driving Prevention Week or any other training and services, feel free to contact us here at Safety Solutions and Supply. For any additional information, you can reach us at 866-537-2262.
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