Labor Day Weekend is one of the busiest weekends of the year for Highway Travel in the US. Did you know that fatigue is more likely to set in on high-speed and long rural highways and interstates?
Drivers should be aware of this ever-present risk. Thus, the following tips may help you stay awake behind the wheel.
- The obvious cause of fatigue is lack of sleep. You should begin a long trip early in the day, after 7 or 8 hours of sleep.
- If possible, avoid driving long distances alone. Passengers can take turns driving and keep the conversation flowing, which can help keep you awake.
- Abstain from drinking any alcohol before driving. Drinking compounds with sleepiness to increase the chances of a fatigue-related accident.
- Long drives at night are a recipe for driver fatigue. The glare of lights, both on the dashboard and on the road, increases the danger of highway hypnosis. This term refers to driving in a trance-like state while gazing at a fixed point, an unsafe situation.
- Adjust your vehicle's environment in order to stay alert. Avoid using cruise control for long stretches of time. This helps keep your body involved in the driving.
- Take frequent breaks. Schedule regular stops every 100 miles or every 2 hours, including stops at a rest area or gas station. Getting out of the car and walking a short distance can help fight fatigue.
- If anti-fatigue measures do not work, there is only one solution. Find a safe, guarded rest stop or motel and sleep.
If you have any questions regarding your auto policy, talk to your local IMT Agent today! Have a safe and Worry Free Labor Day weekend!
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