Banner Health understands that driving is an important part of your life and we want to help you stay safe and alert behind the wheel. Whether it’s errands that need to be run, communing to work or shuttling kids between activities, obligations call and you must get around. Learn the warning signs and solutions for tired driving.
Research says that more than 18 hours awake leaves you with a fatigue level like intoxication. Many people fall into this category due to work, school or family commitments and pose a risk to themselves and others when on the road. Are you part of the 50% of adult drivers that say that they have driven while drowsy? Another 20% of drivers have actually fallen asleep at the wheel. Over two million accidents happen from feeling tired or falling asleep while driving.
You may have more than one reason that you’re tired behind the wheel. Ask yourself if you’re doing any of the following
Sometimes you’re sick and need to take medication. Many cold, flu, and allergy medicines have ingredients that leave you tired. These may include:
It is important to read the label, precautions and side effects on all medications to see if they may cause drowsiness, You may also want to check with your pharmacist or doctor for more information.
Be aware of the warning signs of tired driving. Pull over immediately if you experience any of the following:
There are things you can do to avoid falling asleep while driving. Stay alert by trying the following: