Nobody likes being tired, but did you know fatigue can actually increase your risk of serious injury and even death? According the National Safety Council “Not getting enough sleep is risky. Sleep deprivation has been shown to raise the risks of depression, obesity and heart disease, and has an adverse effect on reproductive health.” Anyone who operates a motor vehicle should be especially cautious of becoming fatigued, studies show drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.
What should you do if you find yourself becoming drowsy behind the wheel? Here are some tips from the National Safety Council:
-Take Regular rest breaks to get fresh air and stretch your legs. Rotate drivers when possible.
-Don’t drink alcohol or take medications that can induce or worsen drowsiness.
-Find a safe place to pull over to rest if you feel drowsy
-Do not drive if you are too tired.