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Ways to prevent drowsy driving

Perhaps the most dangerous driving violation relates to driving your vehicle while you're too fatigued to safely operate it. This kind of driving, when someone falls asleep behind the wheel, is much more dangerous than drunk driving because the motorist is literally closing his eyes and becoming unconscious to the world around him or her.

Countless people die in the United States as a direct result of drowsy and fatigued driving each year. Here are several things you can do to keep yourself and your passengers safe from such an incident:

  • Always sleep at least seven or eight hours each night, especially before you plan to drive.
  • Don't drive late at night when you could become drowsy.
  • Never drive your vehicle alone, especially in the evening and early morning hours.
  • Bring a driving buddy with you when you take long trips so that this person can take over if you become tired or sleepy.
  • If you believe you're not paying close attention to the road or are in danger of falling asleep, pull over and take a nap.
  • Try caffeine to give you an effective wake-up boost.
  • Try a "caffeine power nap" by taking a 20-minute nap immediately after drinking a coffee or caffeinated beverage.
  • Find another way to get home following a late night work shift.

There's no way to completely prevent the risks of falling asleep behind the wheel, but the above strategies are an excellent start. It's also important to keep in mind that drowsy and fatigued driving is unlawful. Therefore, those who are hurt in an accident caused by the behavior may want to investigate whether they can hold the drowsy driver financially liable in court.

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