Nov. 2 – 9 Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

Posted on October 31, 2014

El Paso 0165Help spread awareness about safe driving and know when you’re too tired to get behind the wheel during Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, November 2 through 9. Daylight savings time begins November 2, which means adjusting to different driving hours.

Teens need between 9 and 10 hours of sleep each night, but only get 7.4 hours on average. It’s important to realize when you’re too tired to drive and that you may need a break to wake up or to take a nap. Some signs that you’re too tired may include difficulty focusing, heavy eyelids, daydreaming, drifting out of your lane, yawning and feeling restless or aggressive.

Daylight savings time also means more driving at night. Driving at night is the biggest risk factor for teen drivers because of visibility changes, fatigue and driver inexperience.

Problems of nighttime driving include:

  • Dusk is the most dangerous time to drive since your eyes constantly have to readjust to increasing darkness.
  • Your field of vision is smaller without the aid of light, and headlight glare further impairs your ability to see and avoid hazards.
  • Other vehicle’s speed and distance are more difficult to judge at night.

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