Sometimes, when we work on collision repairs, the client admits the damage was a result of nodding off behind the wheel. Even in this instance, the client was lucky that all he hit was a stationary object. Drowsy driving can result in serious injury or death. Please follow these safety tips if you’re going to pull an all-nighter in the driver’s seat.
Drowsy Driving Statistics
According to AAA, falling asleep while driving accounts for 12.5% of fatal collisions. Furthermore, one in three drivers have admitted to nodding off behind the wheel.
Drivers resort to various methods for staying awake while driving. Unsurprisingly, the most common method is the consumption of caffeinated beverages. Other ways include listening to loud music, singing to the radio, eating, and turning up the AC.
Combatting Drowsy Driving
We don’t recommend any of the above methods. Drinking coffee or energy drinks, for example, produces an immediate surge of energy but is quickly followed by a crash. This is not good if you’re going to be on the road for more than an hour. Research has also proven that methods like singing and turning up the AC are ineffective.
We believe these methods are more effective:
- Switch drivers with a well-rested passenger
- Avoid alcohol intake, even in moderation
- Avoid driving during nighttime hours if possible
- Take a power nap (15 to 20 minutes) before a long drive. You can also pull over for a quick nap halfway to the destination.
Be Aware of Your Energy Levels Before Driving
Consider yourself lucky if drowsy driving only resulted in a minor collision damage or scratch in the auto paint. Drop off your car at Absolute Auto Body to fix the damage. Our warranty covers the restoration work. Please be mindful that since drowsy driving could have grave consequences, you should avoid it at all costs.
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