According to statistics, driving while drowsy causes more than 100,000 wrecks every year. These accidents cause about 1500 fatalities as well. In some accidents, a dozing driver is not reported, so those numbers could be even higher. To protect yourself, your passengers, and other drivers on the road, use these precautions to avoid drowsy driving.
1. Do your very best to get enough sleep.
The human body needs sleep, and if you have gone several days without adequate rest, it will catch up to you. Adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep a day to be at their best, so make sleep a priority, even when you are stressed and busy.
2. Be aware of medical issues that may make you more tired.
If you have a sleep disorder, you could be chronically tired. Additionally, some medications have sleepiness as a side effect. Try to avoid driving if possible when you are feeling sleepy. Take a bus or a train instead, or you can include a passenger on your trip who can take a turn driving.
3. Those with odd schedules must be extra careful.
Those who work night-time shifts may really struggle with sleep issues. Sleep doctors recommend that you stick to your normal bedtime every night, even on your days off, to help your body get enough rest. Additionally, you should try to keep your bedroom quiet and dark to help yourself to sleep deeply during the day.