Tired? Don't Drive!

Winter 2004 CSANews Issue 53  |  Posted date : May 16, 2007.Back to list

Here's the scenario: You're driving along a monotonous highway. Perhaps you didn't sleep well the night before, or perhaps you just ate a big meal. Maybe the afternoon sun makes you feel warm and sleepy. Whatever the case, you feel that any moment you may drift off into Nevereverland. What should you do? Listen to your body and get off the road! Too many accidents occur each year due to driver fatigue, a dangerous condition that affects reaction time, vigilance, alertness, and concentration - all critical elements of safe and responsible driving. Don't put yourself and others at risk by over-estimating your ability to stay awake.

Before embarking on a lengthy car trip, keep in mind the following advice:

  • Ensure that you are well-rested and feeling fit and healthy
  • Avoid medications that inhibit concentration and alertness
  • Take regular rest breaks (15 minutes every 2 hours)
  • Avoid driving after a full day of work
  • Avoid driving between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Plan an overnight stop for extra long trips
  • If necessary, stop somewhere safe and take a short nap