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Keeping Up with Accident News: How to Stay Alert

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If you have been keeping up with the accident news nowadays, it’s really disheartening how many unfortunate incidents are seen sprawled all over the news. While some of them might be due to carelessness and just bad driving, many are due to being distracted on the road. In this blog, we will talk about the different ways one can stay alert while driving. While it is one of the basic prerequisites of driving, you will be surprised how most people fail to do just that. Staying alert while driving can avert most accidents, and can’t be stressed enough.

Tips for Staying Alert While Driving

  • Get Some Sleep

Now, this may seem like a no-brainer to many of us, but it’s estimated that 20% of accidents are the result of drivers who nod off behind the wheel of a speeding vehicle. We are advised to get a solid 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night in order to perform well throughout the day. You should be able to travel at regular hours if you get this much sleep. If you are traveling after typical business hours, we recommend that you get a brief 20- to 30-minute sleep before leaving. This little nap should ideally help you maintain your focus while traveling.

  • Take Frequent Breaks

This may also appear to be the case, but far too many of us have reached a stage in our travels when we are 20 to 60 minutes from our destination and feel that rather than taking a break, we should go on and arrive. Maybe you want to start the trip right away because you’re restless. However, it is important to take frequent pauses when traveling, particularly if you are doing it for a long period of time or across a great distance. 

The phrase “taking a break” does not require you to spend an hour at a gas station buying an overpriced hot beverage; rather, it means to give your system a chance to move about and stretch out your legs. Allowing the body to move about a little may help you wake up since sitting in one place for long periods of time will undoubtedly cause your thoughts to wander and your attention to lapse. Always remember that it is preferable to arrive safely; thus, make sure yourself and those around you are secure by taking frequent pauses.

  • Have a Travel Partner

If you’re traveling with a friend, following this advice will enable you to take frequent breaks from driving as well as little naps every hour or so. You and the other driver will both have a chance to relax and recuperate if you switch drivers every few hours.

  • Consider Medication

You should consider the fact that you take medicine, are starting a new drug, or are taking medication that impairs your ability to concentrate when planning your route and driving time. Some drugs may impair your capacity for sustained concentration. Additionally, it may make you drowsier and make you more likely to fall asleep, which puts you and others at risk.

  • Eat Light

An overly filling dinner might make you drowsy, which will make you less vigilant when operating your rental automobile. Snacking on items and food at the gas station is a practical approach to consuming enough to retain the energy required for long-distance travel without “weighing” you down enough just to promote fatigue and inattention. We would also advise you to take a break within the service station while purchasing food for your travel. This will give you a long break from the rental automobile. As a result, you will not be inclined to drive while eating.

  • Caffeine

Caffeine may be a fantastic energy booster, but use caution since everything that keeps going up must come back down. Caffeine only works temporarily and doesn’t provide you with prolonged energy. A caffeine overdose might make you collapse and make you feel even more exhausted than before. Try regular mini-servings of tea or coffee to maximize your energy so it lasts longer. However, caffeine may dehydrate you, which makes you feel even more exhausted.

A road accident is one of the most heart-wrenching things to see on the news, and it is crazy to think that one person might head out from point A to B, and never reach the destination. While some of the accidents are just pure bad luck, most are due to a lack of 100% attention to the road. Driving is a huge responsibility and the life of the driver as well as the other people in the vehicle leans heavily at the hands of the driver. So staying alert is not just an option, but is the only way to approach driving.

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Christopher Stern
Christopher Stern is a Washington-based reporter. Chris spent many years covering tech policy as a business reporter for renowned publications. He has extensive experience covering Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commissions. He is a graduate of Middlebury College. Email:[email protected]

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