While it doesn’t claim the same degree of notoriety as driving under the influence or driving and texting, this behavior is still very dangerous. Drowsy driving causes more than 100,000 crashes a year, resulting in 1,550 deaths and 40,000 injuries, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Nearly three of ten adults say they drive while drowsy at least once per month, according to a survey from the National Sleep Foundation.
Hopefully, such numbers will serve as a literal wake-up call. To ensure that you stay alert while on the road, consider these suggestions from experts:
How to stay awake when driving:
- Focus on peak energy periods.
- Get a “power nap” boost.
- Fuel up.
- Get a “buddy.”