According to reports, the driver admitted that he may have nodded off at the wheel. "He said he had been working long hours and just fell asleep as he was traveling home," said the Florida Highway Patrol. "He traveled off the roadway into the guardrail. The guardrail penetrated the vehicle from the front grill to the rear windshield."
Unfortunately, people underestimate the dangers of drowsy driving -- both to themselves and all others on the road. Accordingly to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drowsy driving is a factor in nearly one in six fatal car crashes. Driving while being overly tired can impair important functions behind the wheel like response time, awareness and judgment.
Many people think they can force themselves to stay awake, but science shows us that isn’t always the case, and dozing off behind the wheel, even for a few seconds, is plenty of time to drive off of the road or over a centerline. Just ask the guy driving this Scion.
Here are some tips from AAA on how to avoid drowsy driving:
• Travel at times when you are normally awake or stay overnight rather than driving;
• Schedule a break every two hours or every 100 miles;
• Do not plan to work all day and then drive all night;
• Drink a caffeinated beverage;
• Avoid driving during sleepy times of day; and
• Travel with an awake passenger
Taking these steps can save your life as well as mine as others on the road with you. Be responsible and don't drive while drowsy. All others, watch out for those who do.
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