Have you ever had a long night and wake up without enough sleep? You probably didn’t think twice before getting behind the wheel of your car. But, you actually increased your chances of a traffic accident by 20%. AAA estimates one out of every six deadly traffic accidents is due to drowsy driving. Luckily, the National Sleep Foundation is spreading awareness and offering great tips to re-ensure you are ready for the road.
What You Should Ask Yourself Before Getting in the Car:
Am I blinking frequently?
Are my thoughts disconnected?
Do I keep yawning or rubbing my eyes?
What You Should Ask Yourself When You’re On the Road:
Are that past few minutes a blur?
Does my head feel too heavy to keep up?
Can I properly stay in my lane without tailgating or drifting?
If you’re already on the road, don’t feel pressured to make it to your destination. The best thing to do is pull over and rest.
Enough sleep before getting behind the wheel reinforces good memory, alertness, and judgment. We often can look over the danger we put others in when we feel particularly ambitious. A few hours of lost sleep can amplify into a lost life. It’s great to see researchers hone in on what technically seems like common sense. Sometimes it takes hard facts to put things into perspective, but from there its up to us to spread the knowledge. Share this post with someone you care about.
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