5 Tips to Avoid Driver Fatigue
Every driver will at some point experience fatigue that limits their ability to safely operate an automobile, and it is the responsibility of every motorist to make sure that they are able to effectively manage the effects of driver fatigue in order to keep themselves, their passengers, and others around them as safe as possible. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that there are 56,000 sleep-related automobile accidents every year in the United States which result in 40,000 injuries and 1,550 fatalities.
Driver fatigue is entirely avoidable condition that can be prevented with simple preparation and foresight, rather than ineffectively counteracted by using stimulants.
Avoiding Fatigue Related Accidents
While using stimulants such as coffee, energy drinks, or caffeine pills can keep a motorist awake for periods longer than they would be able to otherwise, they can also contribute the impaired state that a fatigued driver is already experiencing. Instead of depending upon stimulants to overcome fatigue, follow these guidelines:
- Take periodic breaks from driving. Keeping your mind engaged by taking breaks to focus on other things will help keep the monotony of the road from lulling you into a drowsy state.
- Be sure to get plenty of sleep the night before a long drive. It may seem like a no-brainer, but taking this basic precaution is the best way to prevent fatigue.
- Avoid medications that may make you drowsy. Be sure to read the labels on any medications you are taking to ensure that drowsiness is not a side effect.
- Switch drivers. Passing off the wheel when you are tired is the responsible and safe decision to make.
- Bring snacks. Eating a few light snacks from time to time can help you stay alert.
With preparation and caution, you can be sure that you are doing everything you can to prevent an accident caused by fatigue.
Unfortunately many drivers push themselves past their limits, causing accidents when they drive while heavily fatigued. If you have been involved in an accident caused by the negligence of a fatigued driver you may well be entitled to compensation for any injury or damages incurred. Contact the Kenosha car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 right away for a free consultation.