On the road, there are many behaviors that threaten the safety of drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists. Drunk driving, distracted driving and speeding are major concerns. However, driver fatigue is prevalent and many people fail to recognize fatigue and drowsiness. Whether someone has an unusually demanding day at work or they miss sleep for one reason or another, drivers who are tired pose a threat to everyone on the roadway. In this post, we will examine some strategies to avoid driving while fatigued.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention draws attention to some of the common factors that lead to driver fatigue. Aside from getting an inadequate amount of sleep, those who work long or unusual shifts, take certain medications and have sleep disorders are more likely to experience drowsiness behind the wheel. It is pivotal for people who struggle with any of these challenges to address these matters and stay off of the road if they are too tired to drive safely.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration also explores drowsy driving and sheds light on additional strategies that help reduce driver fatigue. For example, it is important for drivers to understand their sleep cycles and ensure that they get a sufficient amount of sleep. To combat sleep problems, many people benefit from naps and eating healthy. Moreover, it is imperative for drivers to identify signs of fatigue (such as blurred vision and frequent yawning) and stay off the road if they take any medication that leads to drowsiness. Sadly, many people continue to get behind the wheel when they are too tired to drive.