Have you ever felt so tired behind the wheel that you’re about to fall asleep? Maybe you’ve even jerked your head up and your eyes open, suddenly terrified as you realized you nodded off for a split-second. It can be very frightening, and it shows you how problematic drowsy driving really is. What can you do to avoid it?
First of all, you never want to drive when you did not get enough sleep the night before. If you know you have to spend some time in the car the next day, make it a priority to get at least seven hours of sleep. Do not try to tough it out on little rest. Your body needs that sleep.
No matter how long you slept, it is also important to get off of the road by a reasonable hour. Experts often suggest midnight as a hard cutoff. This is when your body naturally gets tired, even if you slept for nine hours the day before.
Do not be afraid to take breaks if you start feeling very tired and yawning a lot. It may be wise to take a break for a nap in a parking lot. Even if you can’t sleep, just getting out of the car to use the restroom, walk around, stretch your muscles and talk to your passengers can help. Take a break, use it to wake yourself back up and break the routine of that long drive.
If another driver does not take these can precautions and causes a serious car accident that leaves you injured, make sure you find out what rights you have to seek financial compensation for your injuries and losses. A personal injury attorney can guide you.