You’ve been there before, driving and struggling to keep your eyes open. Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. When you are tired or fatigued, your reaction time, coordination, and vision all suffer.
In 2009, 2.5% (832) of fatal crashes in the United States were reported to involve drowsy driving. And 1.3% (72,000) of all injury crashes in 2009 had reports involving drowsy drivers.
(NHTSA – Traffic Safety Facts Crash Stats: Drowsy Driving)
So what can you do to combat drowsy driving before it begins?
- Get enough sleep regularly.
- Keep your eyes moving and continually scan the roadway to avoid ‘highway hypnosis’.
- Regulate the temperature in the car. Don’t let it get too warm. Open a window and get some fresh air moving.
- Take breaks. Get out of the car and move around.
Remember, if you start to feel fatigued behind the wheel, the best thing to do is to pull over in a safe place and get some rest.
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Today’s Three Seconds: Tailgating
Tailgating is the #1 cause of rear-end collisions. Also, following too closely is the #1 cause of collisions on the freeway. That’s why it is essential to leave plenty of space between you and the car ahead of you. Riding someone’s bumper is not only rude, it is also dangerous. There is no good reason to ever engage in tailgating so just don’t do it!
Name That Movie
America loves cars. America loves movies. So what could be better than combining the two? Take a trip down memory lane and see if you can name the movies that featured these memorable cars. If you get stumped, there’s also a quote from each movie as an added clue.
1963 Volkswagen Beetle
“You don’t understand what happens, do you? They make ten thousand cars, they make them exactly the same way, and one or two of ’em turn out to be something special. Nobody knows why.”
Mutt Cutts Van
“Pullover!” “No, it’s a cardigan but thanks for noticing.”
1981 DeLorean DMC-12
“The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?”
1959 Cadillac Ecto-1
“Everybody can relax, I found the car. Needs some suspension work and shocks. Brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear-end.”
1978 VW Van
“Oh my God, I’m getting pulled over. Everyone, just pretend to be normal.”
1986 Chrysler Town & Country
“I know it’s not pretty to look at….but it’ll get you where you want to go.”
6) The Love Bug (1968) 5) Dumb & Dumber (1994) 4) Back to the Future (1985)
3) Ghostbusters (1984) 2) Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
1) Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)