This week is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, which is held each year following Daylight Savings Time. The organization AAA is offering advice on how to stay safe and not fall asleep at the wheel when you’re out on the road.
Fatigue-based crashes are often caused by factors like voluntarily not getting the required sleep you need. As a result, AAA recommends traveling at times of day when you’re normally awake, avoiding heavy foods, and staying away from medications that cause drowsiness or impairment. For longer treks, the organization suggests scheduling a break every two hours or 100 miles, traveling with an alert passenger, taking turns driving, and not underestimating the power of stopping to take a quick nap.
Knowing other warning signs like drifting from your lane, having trouble keeping your eyes open, and not remembering the last few miles driven can also be valuable in preventing a crash.