Drive Alert, Arrive Alive This Holiday Weekend

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November 24, 2009

Road trips can turn tragic for travelers if they get behind the wheel without having had a good night's sleep. Sleepiness causes slower reaction times, vision impairment, lapses in judgment and delays in processing information, which are all critical elements for safe driving practices. This holiday weekend, follow these tips for drowsy-free driving:

  • Get a good night’s sleep before you hit the road.
  • Don't be too rushed to arrive at your destination.
  • Use the buddy system — drive in shifts.
  • Take a break every 100 miles or 2 hours
  • Avoid alcohol and medications.
  • Avoid driving at times when you would normally be sleeping.
  • Find a safe place to take a 15 to 20-minute nap.
  • Pack a cooler filled with caffeinated beverages or keep caffeinated gum and mints in the glove box.

For more information on drowsy driving, visit drowsydriving.org.