Falling Back … To Sleep!

SF News:
 
Daylight Savings is this week/weekend and it is time to hit the alarm button. 
 
In a recent first of its kind report, State Farm® and the Governor’s Highway Safety Association found drowsy driving annually has a $109 Billion cost to society in related fatal and injury crashes.
 
Wake Up Call! Understanding Drowsy Driving and What States Can Do, points out that nearly 83.6 million sleep-deprived Americans are driving every day. And it’s taking a toll – an estimated 5,000 lives were lost in drowsy driving-related crashes last year.
 
What can drivers do about this? I’m sure Dr. John has some great tips here!
  • Prioritize sleep – like eating well and exercising regularly, sleep is restorative and a life-sustaining activity
  • During especially long trips experts recommend stopping every two hours to rest.
  • Don’t count on a caffeine boost to keep you alert, it takes on average 30 minutes for it to kick in
  • Know the limit – learn how to recognize the signs of drowsiness
  • Frequent yawning
  • Daydreaming often and unconnected thoughts
  • Unable to keep your eyes open or your head up
  • When to pull over and nap or turn the driving over to someone else
  • Nodding off
  • Not remembering the last few miles you drove
  • Driving onto the shoulder
  • Ending up too close to cars in front of you
The report was funded through a grant from State Farm with guidance from an expert panel.
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