Monday, March 3, 2008

Drowsy Driving

Rolling down the car window or blaring the radio is a quick fix to help you stay alert behind the wheel. But it's not the solution. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving leads to more than 100,000 car crashes every year.

The Onondaga County Health Department is declaring this week, "Prevent Drowsy Driving Awareness Week." Drowsy driving means more than falling asleep behind the wheel. Losing focus on the road or not remembering the last few miles means the driver is on "auto-pilot" and should not be behind the wheel.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, drivers under age 29 are more likely to be involved in sleep-related accidents. This is because students are often sleep deprived. Others groups most likely to drive drowsy include new parents, night-shift workers and truck drivers.

The Onondaga County Health Department says the only way to avoid drowsy driving is by getting regular sleep. The Department provides the following tips to improve sleep quality:
  • Exercise Regularly
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine before bed
  • Have a consistent sleep schedule

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