New York, New York – The non-profit U.S. National Road Safety Foundation warns drivers that driving while drowsy is just as dangerous as driving when intoxicated, and that more than a third of drivers have dozed off at the wheel.
“A day in the sun can make you tired,” said Adele Kristiansson, director of marketing and legislative affairs at the Foundation. “Drowsiness is a condition most drivers fail to recognize, and it can be as dangerous as drinking and driving. Studies show 60 per cent of us have driven while feeling fatigued, and more than a third admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel in the past year. Drowsiness is a factor in a substantial number of traffic crashes.”
Warning signs include difficulty focusing, with frequent blinking; daydreaming or not remembering the last few miles driven; head nodding; repeated yawning or rubbing eyes; and drifting out of the lane, tailgating or hitting the shoulder rumble strips.
The Foundation suggests that if you experience any of these warning signs, pull over at the next exit or safe rest area for a break or twenty-minute nap, have a cup or two of coffee or caffeinated snacks, waiting thirty minutes for it to enter your bloodstream, and do not drink alcohol or take medication.