Millions of people were reportedly involved in car accidents, or came very close to getting into a serious car accident, due to driver fatigue, according to a study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation. Over 100 million people admitted they’ve driven while feeling drowsy.
As someone who regularly represents car accident victims, I cannot overemphasize the importance of being alert while behind the wheel of a car.
"People who drive when they are tired put their lives at risk, as well as the lives of others on the road," said Raquel Rothe, who owns Sleep EZ Diagnostic Center based in Salem, Virginia (VA).
Here are some warning signs that indicate you may be suffering from driver fatigue…
– Unable to focus
– Feeling restless and irritable
– Heavy eyelids
– Trouble keeping your head up
– Swerving while on the road
If you notice these symptoms, pull over and take a quick nap. Or, stop at a Sheetz or 7-11 and grab a cup of coffee (maybe a Red Bull for the hardcore caffeine addicts). To try and preempt these fatigue symptoms, get at least eight hours of sleep prior to a long drive
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