Fighting Fatigue Behind the Wheel

Fatigue Behind the Wheel

Fatigue Behind the Wheel

Americans are living life at a faster pace than ever before. We are busier, more active, and more committed to our families, jobs, and hobbies than decades past.  In a world that seems to move at warp speed and there is never enough time to get everything done, we survive off less sleep and more coffee.

While we might be accomplishing more while feeling more fulfilled and successful, we might also be putting ourselves and other at serious risk. Fatigue behind the wheel is a serious and growing problem as more Americans find themselves exhausted during their commute. Driving while fatigued can be just as serious as drunk driving by impairing motor skills, cognitive ability, reasoning skills, and vision.

According to autos.aol.com, AAA says that fatigued driving may be the cause for up to 11.6 percent of all fatal accidents. According to a survey from DMEautomotive, Americans are fighting fatigue in all the wrong ways. Drinking caffeine, opening windows, blaring loud music, pulling over to exercise and stretch, and turning up the air conditioning are the most common methods of combating the effects of sleep deprivation, but are ineffective.

The only real solution is to pull over and take a nap. The common methods listed above only remedy the problem for a short time. “This survey reveals a big problem: when people get sleepy on the road, too many take measures that simply don’t work,” said Mary Sheridan, director of research and analytics for DMEautomotive, in a release. “Most of us do ineffective things like stopping for that third triple-shot cappuccino or slapping water on our face just to keep going. As drivers, we need to heed our drowsiness and stop to sleep or let a rested person drive.”

If you experience any signs of drowsiness while on the road, make the responsible choice to get off the road. We here at Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep want all of our friends out there to be safe at all times!

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