We all live fast-paced lives, and that sometimes translates to drivers not getting the proper amount of rest. Fatigue has been said by some to be a contributing factor in more than 75% of vehicle overturns.
Are you well rested? Here are some tips for staying alert while driving.
- Watch Your Posture – Slouching or being too relaxed in the driver’s seat can promote fatigue. Try to maintain an attentive posture and avoid slouching or setting low in your seat.
- Take Frequent Breaks – Every couple of hours, try to get out of the cab and move about to get your blood flowing. Even if you only stop at a gas station, restaurant or rest stop – getting out of the vehicle and moving about helps fight fatigue.
If anti-fatigue measures fail and you start noticing the danger signs of fatigue, pull over at the first safe locations and get some rest!
Warning Signs of Fatigue
- You can’t stop yawning
- Your eyelids droop or blink frequently
- You have trouble keeping your eyes open and focused
- Your mind wanders or you have disconnected thoughts
- You can’t remember driving the last few miles
- You weave between the lanes, tailgate or miss traffic signals
- You hit rumble strips or grooves in the road