Stay Awake Behind the Wheel

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Content provided courtesy of USAA.

Often crashes can be blamed on driver drowsiness or fatigue. Combined with driving at night, getting sleepy behind the wheel can be especially deadly.

Check out these tips to help avoid falling asleep on the road:

  • Don't drive late at night, when your body is used to being asleep. If you can't avoid a late-night road trip, take a short nap before you go.
  • Don't drive if you're under the influence of alcohol or taking medications that could make you drowsy.
  • On long drives, make regular stops to stretch and grab a snack and a caffeinated beverage.
  • Take a buddy with you.
  • If your eyes start to feel heavy, don't push it. Let someone else drive, or find a place to catch a catnap. Ideally, call it quits until you've had a good night's sleep. 

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