If you're driving fatigued, you're driving impaired. Research has found that being awake for 17-19 hours is equivalent to a blood alcohol content of 0.05!
You may think drinking coffee, chewing gum, or rolling down the window will help you stay awake, but they won't. There is simply no substitute for sleep. So plan ahead - just as you would before a night out on the town. Here are some tips to reduce drowsy driving:
- Sleep well before long road trips.
- Share driving with other passengers.
- Eat light meals and drink plenty of water. Overeating can make you feel more tired.
- Take breaks every two hours or every 160 kms to stretch and move about.
- Keep the temperature on the cooler side. A warm vehicle makes it easier to fall asleep.
If you find yourself having trouble keeping your eyes open, feeling your head nodding, or drifting from your lane, pull over immediately. A short nap could save your life, or the life of someone else on the road.