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Can you combat fatigued driving?

On Behalf of | Nov 11, 2019 | Car Accidents

Residents of Oklahoma have to share the roads with many other types of drivers. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that each and every one of these drivers are in a good mental and physical state to be behind the wheel. If they aren’t, this could lead to an increase in the chance of crashes happening.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) takes a look at tips that can be used to combat driver fatigue. Of course, the number one tip is to ensure you get enough sleep before getting behind the wheel. In some cases, this may mean delaying the start time of the drive you had intended on taking. While this may seem undesirable, it can be of crucial importance to your safety and the safety of drivers around you.

You can also take naps when necessary, but these are not as helpful as a full restful night’s sleep. Maintaining a healthy diet may help to keep you awake. You can also avoid foods, medications, and other things that may induce drowsiness or make pre-existing drowsiness worse.

Finally, know that “alertness tricks” usually don’t work, and that if they feel like they work at first, they likely won’t work indefinitely. Alertness tricks include things like rolling down your window, blasting your air conditioning, or playing loud music. They may temporarily work to keep you awake, but in the long haul, they won’t.

These are just a few of the things to keep in mind when considering drowsy driving and its impact. By being mindful of these things, the chance of accidents occurring may be cut down.