Tips for Combatting Driver Fatigue
According to the RSA it is estimated that driver fatigue is a contributory factor in as many as 1 in 5 driver deaths in Ireland every year. Signs of driver fatigue include trouble focusing or zoning out, head nodding, straining to keep eyes open and repeated yawning or rubbing your eyes. We have compiled some tips to help prevent and combat feeling drowsy at the wheel.
1. A Good Night’s SleepIf you are planning on making a long journey make sure you get at least 7 hours sleep the night before you set off. Being well-rested will ensure that you are alert and sharp when driving.
2. Follow Your Sleep ScheduleAvoid driving at times when you would usually be asleep as you will feel less alert and awake during these hours.
3. RadioListening to music for long periods of time can often lull people and make them feel sleepy. Talk shows are more engaging to listen to and are less likely to make you want to doze off.
4. TemperatureHaving the temperature of your car a few degrees lower than usual will help to keep you alert. Rolling down your window for a blast of cold air is another effective way of keeping yourself feeling awake.
5. Watch what you eatAvoid eating heavy meals or foods high in sugar before you set off on your journey. These foods are more likely to leave you feeling heavy and sleepy.
6. Take a BreakIf you feel yourself becoming drowsy pull over somewhere safe, drink a caffeinated drink and a take 15-minute power nap. When you wake up stretch your legs and get some fresh air.
We hope these tips will prove helpful for any long drives which you are planning to take this summer. It is also important to protect your car with the right insurance policy. Get a Quick Quote above or contact us on 01 400 3400.
First published by Ian O'Reilly