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Updated May 29, 2019
It’s almost time for the annual rite of passage: stuffing ourselves with turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving dinner. Soon after, a food coma will ensue, and we’ll find ourselves conked out on the couch for the remainder of the evening. If you’re traveling this holiday season, make sure you’re well rested before starting your journey home.
According to the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep in America poll, 60 percent of drivers—about 168 million people—say they have driven a vehicle while feeling drowsy. Four percent—approximately 11 million drivers—admit they have had an accident or near accident because they dozed off or were too tired to drive. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 2.5 percent of fatal crashes and 2 percent of injury crashes involve drowsy driving.
Here are some signs that a driver should stop and rest:
If you find yourself getting drowsy behind the wheel, find a place to pull over and doze for a few minutes, change drivers, or grab a cup of coffee or another caffeinated beverage.
Wilson Kehoe Winingham brings you this information with best regards for you and your family’s safety.
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