Don’t Drink and Drive
Recent studies indicate that suffering from fatigue while driving causes more accidents than Driving Under the Influence (DUI), with around 20% of fatal road accidents involving driver fatigue. In 2013 alone, it was estimated that drowsy driving was responsible for 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries, and 800 deaths globally.
Drowsy or fatigue driving slows reaction times, reduces vigilance and impairs information processing. While driving while tired is not illegal, it may have adverse effects on yourself and other road users. According to a recent report, 60% of adults admitted to driving while tired, while 37% admitted to have fallen asleep behind the wheel.
There are several reasons why people fall sleep behind the wheel:
A simple way to avoid drowsiness is to take a “power nap” for 30 minutes to an hour before embarking on a long trip, or in between the trip. However, be careful to ensure that you are parked in a safe location.
Here are several ways that you can prevent fatigue while driving:
The next time you feel a little drowsy, don’t risk getting behind the wheel; it’s not worth it
Stay safe on the road!