The impact drowsiness can have on drivers is no minor thing. Being tired when driving can compromise a driver’s attentiveness, reaction time and decision making, and in turn can create a major risk.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to encounter drowsy drivers out on the roads. Despite the dangers, many motorists in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the rest of the United States drive while tired.
While you can’t be sure that the drivers you share the road with are fully awake and alert, there are steps that you can take to avoid falling into drowsy driving.
Get the sleep you need
A big cause of drowsy driving is not getting sufficient sleep. Following a regular sleep schedule and making sure to get enough sleep at night is very important. The general amount of sleep an adult needs can vary, but getting at least 7 hours a day is recommended.
Be mindful of your medications
Certain medications can put a person at greater risk of being tired behind the wheel. Therefore, you may want to check if any of the medications you regularly take can cause drowsiness. If they do, take caution when choosing to get behind the wheel. Not driving after taking medications that cause drowsiness is the best way to avoid an accident.
Watch out for signs of tiredness when behind the wheel
When you feel you may be getting drowsy while driving, it is important to get off the road, if possible. Taking a break can give you a chance to change drivers or get some rest, thus avoiding a potentially dangerous situation. Signs to watch for include hitting rumble strips, frequent blinking, frequent yawning, lane drifting, and memory issues.