You can't control your own sleep, ask anyone who's ever had insomnia. If you're tired you can fall asleep at any time. If you're about to fall asleep, you will experience some or all of the following:
If you have even one of these symptoms you could be sleepier than you think. Pull off the road and get some sleep. It's dangerous to drive with your eyes closed.
|Can You Pass the Drowsy Driving Quiz?|
AAA Foundation research identified some of the risk factors implicated in drowsy driving crashes. Ask yourself these questions:
If you have any of these indicators you are at a much higher risk of having a drowsy-driving crash, even if you don't feel sleepy. Half the drivers who had drowsy-driving crashes said they felt "only slightly sleepy" or "not at all sleepy" right before the crash.
Tips to Stay Awake on the Road
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 100,000 crashes every year are due to drowsy driving. Here are some tips on staying alert on the road:
Watch for the signs of fatigue:
If any of these signs are occurring, that's when you need to pull over and take a power nap.