It’s only in the 40s today here in Kentucky, but the buds on the trees and the daffodils along the highway promise me spring is just around the corner! That means many of us will soon be taking trips – whether they’re “daycations” or full-fledged “vacations,” that’ll mean more time in the car. This brings up a problem that many people face – falling asleep behind the wheel or getting drowsy while driving.
I don’t have to tell you how dangerous this is! Accidents happen when people are wide awake and alert, so it only makes sense that they are FAR more likely to happen when a driver is drowsy.
Sometimes the tendency to get drowsy while driving is a simple matter of not getting enough sleep but other times it can signal a health problem. People with sleep apnea, for example, often don’t get “quality” sleep and are prone to get drowsy during the day. Sometimes it’s as much from sitting still as it is from anything else… and most of us are most definitely sitting still when we drive!
Until Motown comes on the radio, that is… then, personally, I’m anything but still. If car seat dancing were an Olympic sport, trust me, I’d medal.
I’d like to point you to a great article all about preventing falling asleep behind the wheel of a car: How to Prevent Drowsy Driving. I hope you’ll read the article and, by all means, share it with anyone you know with a knack for dozing off when they’re driving.
This spring and summer, I hope you buckle up, stay safe, and have an outrageous amount of fun!