Friday, August 22, 2008

Health Tip: Keep Awake Behind the Wheel

People, who work the third shift, do not get enough sleep, and those who drive great distances each day or take sedating medications, are at greatest risk of drowsy driving.

Nevertheless, everyone is at risk of being impaired behind the wheel. The reason is that they are too tired. The National Safety Council offers these ideas to prevent drowsy driving:

• Get plenty of sleep before we head out on the road.
• Try not to drive between the hours of 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.
• Keep the temperature inside the car cool and comfortable.
• If we start to feel tired, go to a safe area for a quick rest. Nevertheless, do not pull over at the side of the road.
• For long trips, start driving early in the morning, and plan to switch off driving with a friend.
• Take a quick break every 100 miles or so to have a snack, get some fresh air or just to stretch your legs.

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