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Drowsy Driving

Picture this. You’re driving down 16-east from Savannah headed to Atlanta, that long stretch of a drive with just trees, construction on the side of the road, and other vehicles. Your eyes start blinking really fast, then a yawn follows. You roll down the window to get some fresh air on your face and turn the volume up on your radio to try to amp yourself up but that only works for a short period of time.

Drowsy driving occurs when a person who is operating a motor vehicle is too tired to remain alert. It is dangerous because sleep deprivation can have similar effects on your body as drinking alcohol. Sleep deprivation is a major cause of auto accidents and can cause impairments on the brain as much as inebriation can. It’s good to know the signs of drowsy driving so you will know what to look out for:

  • Yawning or blinking frequently

  • Difficulty remembering the past few miles you have driven

  • Missing your exit

  • Drifting from your lane

If you feel yourself becoming restless while driving, pull over and rest. Getting drowsy while driving can happen to anyone that’s driving long distances. It’s important to protect yourself and others. Here’s a few tips on how to fight drowsy driving:

  • Stay awake behind the wheel

  • Get enough sleep

  • Watch your posture

  • Take breaks if needed

  • If you can have caffeine, drink up!

Buckle up on the road, get plenty of rest, and stay safe.

If you, or someone you know have been involved in an auto accident, call Your Accident Your Money at (888) 766-6398.

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