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Fatigue Causing Car Accidents

Motels are the remedy for fatigue causing car accidents

We’ve all heard of fatigue causing car accidents. You’ve probably known someone who has had a close call by nodding off while driving. Perhaps it’s even happened to you.

There’s even scientific evidence of tiredness causing car accidents. In 2001, the Journal of Internal Medicine published a study showing that consulting a doctor about fatigue was directly connected with later being in a car accident.

 

If you want to reduce your chances of having a car accident because of fatigue, follow the simple tips below.

#1: Get Enough Sleep

Americans are a chronically tired population. While the average adult needs at least eight hours of sleep a night, many people try to get by on six or less. This increases your chances of sleepiness causing car accidents.

#2: Don’t Drive If You Are Tired Or Drowsy

This would seem like common sense, but many people get behind the wheel of a car even knowing they shouldn’t be driving. If you are too tired to drive safely, ask someone else to drive or put your trip off until you are in better shape.

#3: Don’t Drive Under The Influence Of Alcohol Or Drugs

Remember, even a harmless-seeming cold or allergy pill may make you groggy. If you’re starting a new medication, don’t drive until you know how it will affect you.

#4: Keep Alert While Driving

Many people keep themselves at the top of their game by listening to the radio or CD player or by keeping the air conditioner on high or the windows rolled down. Others down loads of coffee or colas, containing caffeine, others nibble on chips or other snacks to stay alert.

#5: Take Breaks On Long Trips

Stop every few hours to get out of the car, stretch your legs, and give yourself a chance to wake up. Of course drinking a lot of fluids will also ensure the necessity of stopping frequently.

There is no lack of horror stories about fatigue causing car accidents. Don’t fall victim to these senseless tragedies.

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