A Sleep at the Wheel

Posted on by Defensive Driving Team | in southernbelledriver

Every driver should be aware of how dangerous it is to drink and drive. However, driving drowsy can be just as deadly as driving drunk. Sleepiness hinders your reaction time, decreases awareness, and impairs your judgment, just like drugs or alcohol. In fact, people who are very sleepy behave in similar ways to people who are drunk. Fatigue can set in at any time. When you are tired, your ability to react, concentrate, and make complex driving decisions is impaired.  Here are some symptoms of sleepiness to look for. If you have any of them, pull off the road as soon as possible and find a place to sleep.

● You have trouble keeping your eyes open and focused.

● You drift off the road and hit the rumble strips.

● You can’t keep your head up.

● You yawn frequently or rub your eyes repeatedly.

If you have even one of these symptoms, you could be sleepier than you think. Pull off the road and take a nap. It also helps to drive during your normal waking hours. If you drive at times when you’re normally asleep, you will be fighting your natural sleep rhythms and have a greater likelihood of falling asleep at the wheel.

All drivers should be aware of the dangers and of the methods for fighting it:

asleep_at_the_wheel

  • Keep shifting your eyes. Look at different objects: near and far, left and right. Read the road signs as you approach them. Check your rearview mirror.
  • Stop often. Even if you are feeling well you should stop at least every two (2) hours or every 100 miles. Get out of your car and walk around. Allow your muscles to relax.
  • Do not drive more than eight (8) hours per day.

For more great driving safety tips, discounts for auto insurance or point reduction check out our online defensive driving course.

|

Customer Reviews

Defensivedriving.com has a ShopperApproved rating of 4.7 based on 85207 ratings and reviews.

Sheron United States
Easy and Awesome
Daniel TX, United States
It's very simple signing up.
Kelsey
It’s quick, easy to navigate, and convenient.
Jill TX, United States
Easy to navigate website
Samuel
Easy to use and pay!
Mary
Easy sign up
Breanna TX, United States
Great experience
Sergio
Fast and easy!
Dennis
quick and easy
Israel
Fast and easy
Daniel TX, United States
great Experience
Travis TX, United States
Selected this program because of the great feedback from other users
Erin United States
Fast and easy!
Kermit
Exemplary
Teresa
Very easy to register
Makayla
Fast and easy to get around
Robert
Quick and easy!
Debra
quick and easy
Andrew
Fast and easy
leslee
easy and simple to use
Nehemiah
It was easy to complete
Uriel
Great course, really easy
barker
easy, simple good value, download cert. get er done in one day, then have great customer service
BLANCA
EASY AND QUICK, I LOVE THAT
Lorenza
Registration was easy.
Parker
Great!
Kamal
The whole process has been very fluid and straightforward, I've had no trouble with anything so far.
Nathan
Easy to access and understand
April
Great!
Erik
easy transaction
Hiram United States
Easy to use
Lena TX, United States
Everything was great
Melissa TX, United States
It has been very informative and easy to use. Love how they put facts about Texas roadways up.
Dakota
Easy to use
Jose
Easy to navigate
Catherine
Easy clear instructions
Spring
Fast and easy
Annette
Easy enrollment
David
Very convenient and easy to do
See all reviews on shopperApproved.com
Why DefensiveDriving.com
  • 20 Years in Business
  • Over 2 Million Customers Served
  • Highest Possible Better Business Bureau Rating
  • Award Winning Course