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Top 10 Ways to Fight Fatigue While Driving

By San Diego Car Accident Lawyer on April 7, 2009 - Comments off

Many times, San Diegans drive their cars when they are very tired and before they know it they start nodding off at the wheel. Here are a few tips to make sure that you stay awake on our San Diego roads and freeways:
1. You should remember that, before a long drive, you should try to sleep seven to eight hours the night. If not then you are asking to fall asleep at the wheel.
2. When possible, try not to drive alone. Passengers can keep conversation up with you to keep you awake and help drive as well. Avoid long drives at night.
3. Avoid late night drives. The glare of the lights may cause a hypnosis sensation to come over you.
4. Keep your body involved in the driving by not using cruise control, listening to music, and keeping the air temperature cool in your car.
5. Check your posture and make sure that you are seated correctly. If you feel too comfortable, you will tend to fall asleep.
6. About every two hours make sure that you stop at a gas station just to walk around or do some sort of a physical workout. Get your blood pumping through your body again.
7. Try to eat a snack every once in awhile to fight hunger. Hungry people tend to sleep.
8. During the day, you should wear sunglasses to fight the glare.
9. Break the monotony by listening to different radio stations, turning the radio on and off, talk to yourself, etc. Keep your mind active.
10. If none of these tactics work, then there is only one thing to do: sleep. Find a well lit area to park where you can sleep. Even a 20 minute nap will make a difference.
Source: Road and Travel.

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