Drowsy driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving is responsible for more than 100,000 crashes each year.
To reduce the number of crashes caused by drowsy driving, the NHTSA has designated the week of November 1-7 as Drowsy Driving Prevention Week.
This week, the NHTSA will raise awareness about the dangers of drowsy driving and offer tips on how to prevent it.
What Should You Do If You Start To Feel Drowsy While Driving?
When you feel drowsy while driving, it is crucial to take action immediately. Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving, leading to accidents.
Pull over and rest if you feel drowsy while driving. If you cannot pull over, you should open the window and get some fresh air. You should also drink some coffee or another caffeinated beverage. You should call 911 and ask for help if you feel incredibly exhausted.
If you're looking for ways to stay awake during Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, here are 5 great tips:
Get a good night's sleep before you hit the road: This is probably the most important tip. A full night's sleep will help you feel more alert and rested when driving.
Take breaks: If you're feeling drowsy, take a break. Getting some fresh air will help you feel more awake. Pull over at a rest stop or gas station and walk for a few minutes.
Caffeine: A cup of coffee or energy drink can help you stay awake when driving. Just be sure not to overdo it, as too much caffeine can actually make you more tired.
Turn up the music: Listening to music can help keep you alert while driving. Choose upbeat songs that keep you awake and focused on the road ahead.
Avoid drinking alcohol: Drinking alcohol can make you feel drowsy, so it's best to avoid it if possible. You should have a designated driver if you need to drink.
You can stay awake while driving by following these tips.
Get a Free Legal Consultation
Despite your best efforts, you cannot prevent other people from driving dangerously on the road. New York City car wreck victims might be entitled to compensation if another's negligence injured them.
For a free, no-obligation legal consultation, contact Reid B. Wissner at 212-406-9288. We serve Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, and nearby areas.