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How to tell if you're too tired to drive

July 21, 2010
Common sense — and the law — tells us not to drive while under the influence. But, even though it can be just as dangerous, there are few laws against driving while sleepy. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that fatigue driving causes 100,000 accidents a year. The first step to preventing drowsy driving is to know the signs. If you notice the following signs that you’re too tired to drive, it’s time for a break:
  • Excessive yawning
  • Inability to keep your eyes open
  • Trouble keeping head up
  • Drifting between lanes
  • You can’t remember the last few miles
To avoid drowsing driving, check out these tips from
  • Get a good night’s rest before hittin’ the road.
  • Be aware of medications you take that might cause drowsiness.
  • Avoid driving late at night.
  • If you’re driving with another person, make sure to take turns driving.
  • Take plenty of rest stops and breaks.