Drowsy driving also causes accidents
by Washington State Medical Association
Memorial Day weekend is one of the biggest holidays for road travel. Drowsy driving may account for as many as 10,000 traffic fatalities annually in this country.
Warning signs include:
Combat Driving while Drowsy
- head nods and difficulty keeping eyes open;
- unable to recall the last few miles of the highway;
- the car drifts toward the side of the road upon becoming alert;
- slowed braking response, upon noticing an obstacle in a road.
- Leave earlier in the day when beginning a long-distance drive, instead of later when drivers get tired more quickly.
- Occasionally stop for coffee or tea and a meal.
- Crack open a window and let in fresh air.
- Turn on the radio or put in a favorite tape and sing, loudly.
- Take advantage of the rest stops along the highway, pull over and stretch, or even take a nap.
- Consider taking a companion as a relief driver.
- Find lodging for the night and sleep when all else fails.
- Do not rely on caffeine pills to keep alert.
- Do not take medication that might induce drowsiness prior to driving.
- DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE!