Sleeping Behind The Wheel

Sleeping behind the wheelWith many accidents occurring on Missouri roads, majorly due to intoxicated drivers by either drugs or alcohol. Remember that accidents occur even when the driver is under the influence of sleep. As per the survey conducted, one in five fatal accidents involve a drowsy driver. Many organizations are promoting awareness to avoid such incidents. Accidents occurring due to drowsy driving had 12% of drivers being hospitalized and 8% where a vehicle was towed. Survey also found that the rate of drowsy driving accidents involved more of men than women. Specially the younger drivers below the age of 24 than any other age group.


Before getting behind the wheels, realize if you are feeling drowsy. You may feel too sleepy if you find very difficult to keep your heavy eyes open while driving. You will be struggling to drive on one lane or drifting over rumble strips on highway. It is surely confirm that you are drowsy when you cannot remember the few miles driven. Before getting behind the wheels, you as a driver need to ensure few things in order to avoid accidents.

If you are feeling drowsy, immediately pull over to freshen up and then start. Before any road trip make sure you hadenough sleep, say minimum of 7 hours specially if it is a long journey. Drinking hot beverages such as coffee or tea helps some drivers to keep them active. Ensure not to travel alone, if you find to feel drowsy and let the other passenger be alert. Do take a break for every 2 hours or 100 miles when on long way. Try not to drive much during night times or when you are feeling asleep. Remember, a claim free and violation free driver will always qualify for discounts and thus a lower premium rate.