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Drowsy Driving: Tips and Info to Plan Your Drive This Holiday Season

Posted by Herb Connolly in News | Uncategorized
Herb Connolly Auto Group wants to share this important information about driving especially during the busy holiday season.

Take precautions to avoid the risk of drowsy driving. We would like to share information and tips from the President of AAA, Mark A. Shaw.

Some drivers can barely keep their eyes open. The AA Foundation for Traffic Safety noted that more than a third of the drives report having fallen asleep behind the wheel at some point in their lives and more than one in 10 has fallen asleep behind the wheel in the past year.

A Foundation study points to the serious impact of drowsy driving. Drowsy Drivers are involved in more than 12 percent of fatal crashes.

Drivers who dose at the wheel may be also victims of misconnections, such as believing that caffeine is enough to wake someone up (false). Perhaps the most dangerous misconception, however, is that people believe they can tell that they are about to fall asleep. The AAA Foundation study shows that fully one-half of the drivers who fell asleep and crashed said they one felt somewhat or not at all sleepy. The first time your head nods may very well be the first time you end ip off the road.

We are heading into November, not far from the busy holiday season. The fact is, that millions of Americans will travel more than 50 miles from home to spend time with friend and families, and large numbers will be challenged by making long drives while drowsy. Here are some ups:

* Get plenty of sleep (at least six hours) the night before a long trip.

* Travel at times you are normally awake, and stay overnight to break up a long trip rather than drive straight through.

* Schedule a break every two hours or 100 miles.

* Stop driving if you become sleepy; someone who is tired could fall asleep at any time.

Drivers have a near-universal understanding that when you’re tired its risky. Almost every driver surveyed in AAA’s Traffic Safety Culture Index surveys reports that they find driving while extremely drowsy to be unacceptable. But, as with so many risky driving behaviors, we don’t always apply that knowledge to ourselves. Better awareness of the risks of driving through droopy eyelids can help prevent an avoidable tragedy.

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