Drowsy Driving Awareness
Are you a drowsy driver?
Drowsy driving, driving while sleep-deprived or falling asleep behind the wheel, is a growing problem in New York State. In addition to increasing your risk of having an accident, driving while drowsy or sleep-deprived can alter your judgment and reaction time and endanger you, your passengers and other drivers on the road.
How do I know if I am a drowsy driver?
Warning signs of drowsy driving may include periods when your eyes close or go out of focus. You may have difficulty keeping your head up, have wandering or disconnected thoughts, not remember driving the last few miles, or drift from your lane.
What can I do about it?
There are many solutions to prevent drowsy driving crashes!
Prepare for your trip by getting a good night sleep.
Avoid alcohol and medications that impair your performance.
If possible, drive with a companion and switch every 2 hours.
Be alert to the signs of fatigue.
Pull off the road at a safe place to nap for 15-20 minutes when tired.
Take breaks frequently, at least every 2 hours.
For more information about drowsy driving, email the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Injury Prevention at email@example.com or call the Albany County Department of Health at (518) 447-4648.