What steps have you taken to combat winter driving fatigue? Both the truck’s heater and cold air outside can make it hard to stay alert. Black ice and winter storms make the roads more hazardous, and they can also delay first responders after an accident. Stay safe by staying on guard against fatigue:
- When you notice that you’re fatigued, don’t try to “push through.”
- Remember the signs: blinking, yawning, trouble concentrating, trouble maintaining speed, forgetting the last few miles, and getting irritable.
- Pay attention to medicine side-effects like drowsiness, especially in over-the-counter solutions.
- Avoid heavy meals with lots of carbs and sugars.
- Don’t use cruise control when you’re sleepy. Instead, find a safe place to park for a power nap.
Driver fatigue is a big problem in America, and we want all of our drivers to make it home safe to their families. Drowsy driving is estimated to cause more than a thousand deaths a year. Be careful out there, and don’t try to make up for lost time with unsafe choices.