Drowsy Driving (continued)
to crashes because it impairs human performance. Such
impairments include slower reaction time, reduced vigilance
and deficits in information processing. (“Drowsy
Driving & Automobile Crashes”)
A typical crash related to sleepiness
has one or more of the following characteristics (“Drowsy
Driving & Automobile Crashes”):
- Crash occurs late at night,
early in the morning or midafternoon
- Crash is likely to be serious
- A single vehicle leaves
- Crash occurs on a high speed
- The driver does not attempt
to avoid a crash
- The driver is alone in the
It helps to stop
every couple of hours, get out and walk around for 15
to 20 minutes. It won’t add much time to your trip
and it just might prevent a serious accident.
Pack up some snacks and take
with you – its another good way to combat fatigue.
Try to have a companion with you to share the driving.
You can spell each other at the wheel, engage in conversations,
and let the passenger mess with the radio, GPS, etc.