10 Proven tips that can help you avoid falling asleep while driving

*Tips that can help you avoid falling asleep while driving*

Drowsiness poses signs like – Constant yawning, a nod of the head eyelids, blurred vision and wandering while driving. When you exhibit these signs, know that you are on the verge of falling asleep on the wheel.

When you are sleepy, your brain starts to shut-down.

Driving when you are sleepy is dangerous because:

  • It reduces your ability to drive efficiently and to think quickly.
  • Your reaction time is slower
  • Awareness is decreased, and
  • Judgment is impaired.

Often, signs of fatigued drivers are confused with drivers who had been drinking.

Tip that can help you to avoid falling asleep while driving:

  1. Get adequate and quality sleep before any trip
  2. Avoid alcoholic beverages and heavy food.
  3. Beware of medications that can impair your driving ability.
  4. Limit long distance driving – Stop at least every two hours to rest.
  5. Stop at a safe place and take a nap. Wait at least 10 minutes after waking up to see how alert you are. If you don’t feel any more alert; don’t drive, find a place to sleep for an hour or for the night.
  6. If possible, drive with a companion and switch driving when necessary.
  7. Talk with passengers, but not to a point of distraction.
  8. Keep the temperature cool in your vehicle, keep your eyes moving and check the mirror often
  9. Avoid caffeinated drinks/substance like coffee and cola. They provide a short-term boost, however, if you are seriously sleep deprived, no amount of caffeine will help. It is best to stay off the road.
  10. If possible, avoid driving during peak drowsy times. Peak drowsy period tend to be between 2pm to 5pm, and from 10 pm to 6 am.

If you are prone to constant sleepiness, see your doctor.

Recognize the signs, know the dangers and reduce your risk of driving when drowsy.

*Tips that can help you avoid falling asleep while driving*

 

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