Roadway Safety Tips
Ten Safety Tips to Consider For:
Drowsy Driving Awareness Week
- Watch for warning signs of fatigue. Turning up the radio or rolling down the
window. Trouble focusing or keeping your eyes open or head up, feeling restless,
irritable or aggressive.
- If you feel drowsy while driving, pull off into a safe rest area, and take a 15-20 minute nap.
- Schedule breaks on long trips. About every 100 miles or 2 hours of driving you deserve a break.
- Arrange for a travel companion. Having someone share the driving and talk helps to limit fatigue.
- Avoid alcohol and sedating medications before driving. Drinking and driving is illegal and will make you much sleepier.
- Get enough sleep before driving. Most adults need 7-9 hours sleep a day. While most teens need 8.5-9.5 hours per day to keep alert.
- Drive during normal waking hours. Most drowsy crashes occur between midnight and 6:00 am, when the body’s need for sleep is the greatest.
Pedestrians & Bicyclists:
- Be particularly alert when crossing streets and watch for approaching motorists. If drowsy, they may drift from their travel lanes and have slow reaction times.
- Use the sidewalk. If there is none, walk against traffic so you can watch for approaching motorists and erratic behavior.
- Ride with the flow of traffic, on the right side of the road.Scan frequently behind you or use a mirror to see vehicles approaching from behind.