Friday, December 2, 2011

Stay Awake When You are Driving

Believe the signs on the motorway - tiredness kills.

Up to one in five deaths on motorways and other monotonous roads are caused by tired drivers. Some of us push ourselves to the point where we actually fall asleep while driving. In a shocking survey by Brake in 1998, two thirds of drivers admitted falling asleep at the wheel. Take no chances and always... Get rested

Never consider a long drive if tired - always get a good night's sleep the night before.

Avoid early morning driving

Research shows that you are most likely to fall asleep at the wheel between 2am and 6am. It is also common to feel sleepy in the early afternoon. Take breaks

Make sure you stop every two hours for at least 15 minutes. If you feel sleepy when you stop, have at least a 10-minute snooze. Carry an alarm clock to wake you up. Ensure you feel fully awake before setting off. If not, don't drive. Spot sleepiness

There are some obvious signs - heavy eyelids, nodding head, waves of tiredness and not being able to concentrate. Stop immediately somewhere safe and take a break. Never push yourself until you experience these symptoms. Sleep follows more quickly than you think.

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