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Fatigue and Distracted Driving

Fatigue

Feeling tired or groggy on the road? It may be time to pull over and take a nap. Distracted Driving has serious consequences, no matter the form (driving under fatigue and exhaustion included!)

Here are a few signs you’re sleepiness may be a danger to you and others on the road:

  • Having trouble focusing
  • Nodding at the head or having difficulty keeping eyes wide open
  • Short term memory loss, even just a few minutes
  • Slowed reaction and judgement
  • Feeling “zoned out” or like a “zombie”
  • Having “daydreams” and wandering thoughts
  • Excessive yawning
  • Swerving and/or drifting through lanes

Causes of driver fatigue are often just simply not getting enough sleep, or traveling during the night when the driver is used to being asleep. Remind drivers that driving fatigued is another form of distracted driving, just like texting behind the wheel.

The consequences are just as deadly, and companies are can still be found liable for damages caused by the collision. Educate your drivers on how much sleep they need to stay alert on the road and beat fatigue while driving. For more information on the different causes of driver fatigue, visit OptAlert’s website.