Getting Enough Sleep Can Save Your Life on the Roads: Page 2 of 2

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May 24, 2010

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  • breaks. It's better to allow the time to drive alert and arrive alive.
  • Use the buddy system. Just as you should not swim alone, avoid driving alone for long distances. A buddy who remains awake for the journey can take a turn behind the wheel and help identify the warning signs of fatigue.
  • Take a break every 100 miles or 2 hours. Do something to refresh yourself like getting a snack, switching drivers, or going for a run.
  • Take a nap—find a safe place to take a 15 to 20-minute nap, if you think you might fall asleep. Be cautious about excessive drowsiness after waking up.
  • Avoid alcohol and medications that cause drowsiness as a side-effect.
  • Avoid driving at times when you would normally be asleep. Consume caffeine. The equivalent of two cups of coffee can increase alertness for several hours.

For more information about drowsy driving prevention, visit the National Sleep Foundation’s Web site drowsydriving.org.