Tips to Keep You Awake When Driving

It’s something we've all done that can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence...driving while drowsy. Falling asleep behind the wheel can cause a serious accident, but it's avoidable if you first identify that you might be too sleepy to drive.

The safest thing to do when you are too sleepy to drive is to find a safe place to pull over and take a short nap. You can stop at a truck stop or a restaurant alongside the road. You'll be happy you did.

There is also technology aimed at helping you stay awake while driving. It's called driver drowsiness awareness and is found in driver alert systems. This technology is usually found in late model new vehicles but not all. Ford offers the Driver Alert feature which monitors levels of driver alertness based on driving behavior.

Caffeine may help you stay alert for a little while, but on a long trip it can eventually wear off. Again, the best thing to do if you're feeling drowsy while driving is to pull over and take a quick nap. You could be saving a life, including your own.

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