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Preventing Drowsy Driving

Sleep-deprived drivers run the risk of becoming drowsy while on the road.

  • Get at least six hours of good sleep the night before a trip – eight hours or more is preferred.
  • Take a break every two hours or every 150 miles – sooner, if necessary. Going on a short walk or stretching helps increase blood flow and alertness. If possible, find a safe place where to rest or nap.
  • Avoid being on the road from midnight to 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. – times when the body typically wants to rest.
  • Travel with a passenger who will stay awake and keep a conversation going.
  • Drink a caffeinated beverage and wait about 30 minutes for it to enter into the bloodstream.

5/10/2018 10:22 AM

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