Road trips are a fun way to vacation or travel for business or to reach a destination. The longer the trip however, the more tired a person tends to feel and this can create dangerous driving conditions. Drowsy driving is almost as, if not just as, dangerous as drunk or impaired driving, so it is important to take steps to help yourself stay awake when on a road trip.
Firstly, if you are planning a road trip, then plan also to be well-rested before you embark. Get a good night’s sleep the night before or, if you are leaving later in the day, to take a nap shortly before you go. This preparation will help mitigate the need to sleep during the trip and should lead you to be more aware. Remember not to drink alcohol before driving, as even safe levels will promote drowsiness.
If you find yourself wanting to doze off mid-trip, the best thing to do is to pull over to a safe area and take a short, 20-minute nap before going again. If possible, bring another person with you on the trip so that you can take turns driving while the other rests. Caffeine is a useful tool to have, as consuming it will increase alertness for a time, though be wary of a potential crash of energy when it wears off.
Even if one does everything safely on the road, accidents still do happen. If you or someone you know has sustained an injury in a car accident, there may be grounds to receive compensation from the other party through a personal injury lawsuit. To learn about how the Franco Law Firm can help you begin and win your personal injury case, please call us at (813) 872-0929.