During National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, Practice Safe, Well-rested Driving

During National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, Practice Safe, Well-rested Driving

Drowsy driving is involved in over 16 percent of U.S. car crashes every year, or about one in six, according to the AAA Foundation. During National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, you can help protect yourself and your passengers by practicing safe and well-rested driving habits.

The National Sleep Foundation provides many tips for preventing drowsiness while driving. Some tips you can use this holiday season include:

  • Get your sleep. The best way to prevent drowsy driving is also the most obvious: get a good night’s sleep before you hit the road. The National Sleep Foundation recommends seven to nine hours for most adults.
  • Plan ahead. Resting every 100 miles or two hours on the road can help prevent sleepiness-related accidents. Plan to rest at regular intervals, including time for meals and naps if needed.
  • Use the buddy system. Having a second driver in the car can help in two ways: another person can help you notice when you’re getting tired, and he or she can switch off with you behind the wheel when you need rest.
  • Drive at your normal wakeful time. Driving when you’d normally be asleep can also contribute to drowsiness. Also, avoid medications that cause drowsiness.

If you’re injured in a San Jose drowsy driving accident this holiday season, please don’t hesitate to call an experienced San Jose car accident attorney at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP. We can help you understand and protect your legal rights, whether you’re seeking compensation from an insurance company or considering a lawsuit. Contact us today at (800) 900-0863 for a free, confidential case evaluation.