We’ve all heard stories of friends and family members who have nodded off at the wheel: some escaping without a scratch, others not faring as well. With the days getting shorter, many of us are driving home from work in twilight or complete darkness, making us vulnerable to drowsy driving. Those with long commutes, or who work long shifts or shifts that disrupt the body’s sleep pattern are even more at risk.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conservatively estimates that 100,000 police reported crashes each year are caused primarily by fatigued drivers. How can you safeguard yourself from becoming a statistic? We offer our team the following warning signs that should serve as a wake-up call to pull off the road and catch a nap before proceeding.
Warning Signs of Driving Fatigue and Sleepiness:
1. Trouble focusing, keeping your eyes open or your head up
2. Yawning or rubbing your eyes repeatedly
3. Daydreaming and wandering thoughts
4. Drifting from your lane, tailgating and missing signs or exits
5. Feeling restless, irritable or aggressive
6. Turning up the radio or rolling down the window
7. Slower reaction time, poor judgment
Kyle Black is the district manager for Seneca Meadows. Safety is the company’s number one core value, and weekly safety talks with employees are just one way that the company helps foster a safety culture.