Driving at night requires motorists to remain alert and attentive at all times. When drivers get tired, they often lose their ability to do this.
Below are some symptoms of a tired driver and tips for driving while tired.
- Delayed reaction time
- Difficulty focusing on the road and other cars around them
- Impaired vision
- Lack of concentration and ability to perform more than one task at a time
- Aggressive and reckless driving
- Falling asleep while operating the motor vehicle
Below are tips on driving while tired
- 1.Avoid over speeding- Exceeding speed limit will amount to committing suicide. Maintaining the legal speed limit promises you all the advantages and gives you a superior control while you drive a vehicle.
- Be attentive-To keep your mind engaged you’ll certainly want to bring your favorite music with you, but you’ll also want to bring things you haven’t heard in a long time and things you’ve never heard before. Also consider checking out audio books and stand up comedians on CD. These will really help break up the trip and keep your mind awake and engaged while driving.
- Take a break-it is best to take a regular break to rest your mind and stretch and take snacks to get re-energized. It might be smart to get plenty of fluids to stay hydrated because fatigue can set in quickly.
- Regulate car temperature .While driving in your car, keep the internal temperature at a temperature that is not too warm but not too cold. The warmer the internal temperature of your vehicle, the more comfortable you will feel. It may even make you so comfortable that you find yourself becoming groggy or tired.
- If you are driving with a partner, drive in turns to so that the two of you get a chance to rest. So that you can get to your destination safely.
- Tiredness and sleepiness are always associated .There are some usual tricks of avoiding falling asleep while driving. These include chewing gum, pinching yourself, blasting the radio and opening the windows a bit. According to the experts, none of these tricks have a good rate of success. The only guaranteed thing to work all the time is taking a break from driving and getting a nap for a little while. When you take a nap in such a scenario, the body keeps reminding your senses that you have to finish the drive. Care should be taken that when you want to pull your car over for taking a nap, you should park it in a safe place like a parking lot or a rest area. Pulling your car over by the side of the road is a very unsafe option as your car may get hit by some other car from the rear side eventually.
- Turn your radio down to a reasonable level so that you can hear if an emergency vehicle is approaching or if there is some other sort of emergency is heading your way. You want to make sure that you are in a position for being able to make quick decisions and react quickly if needed.