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Never drive when fatigued.
The dangers posed when
fatigued are similar to those
when intoxicated by having
slowed reactions and
impaired judgment.

Driver fatigue takes the blame
for as many as 240,000 motor
vehicle accidents in the U.S.
annually.

- National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration


More than 1,500 deaths each year
are related to drowsy drivers.
- American Medical Association
 
A driver who nods off at
the wheel has no reactions and
no judgment.
Drivers who drift off to sleep
cause about 72,500 injuries and
deaths each and every year.



True or False:

Coffee overcomes the effects of
drowsiness
while driving.
False

You can tell when you're going
to fall asleep.
False

You're a safe driver, so it doesn't
matter if you're sleepy.
False

You can't take naps.
False

You get plenty of sleep.
False

Young people need less sleep.
False

Being sleepy makes you
misperceive things.
True




Danger signals for
fatigued drivers:

* You can't stop yawning.
* You have missed your exit.
* Not sure of where you are.
* Your speed becomes variable.
* You keep drifting out of your lane.

* You have trouble keeping your
head up.

* You almost went through the
red light.

* You didn't see the speed zone change.

* You have wandering, disconnected
thoughts.

* You don't remember driving the
last few miles.

* Your eyes close or go out of
focus by themselves.


If you have even one of these
symptoms, you may be in danger
of falling
asleep.




Drive alert -

The important thing is to
keep your eyes moving.

Open the window for some
fresh air, talk to a passenger,
or listen to some music on the
radio.

If you are on a long driving trip,
schedule a break every 2 hrs,
or every 100 miles.
Get out and stretch.