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Are You Too Tired to Drive?

We’ve all been there.  You have been in a car for hours and it seems like you will never get to your destination.  You convince yourself you are still okay to keep going despite having a hard time focusing on your driving.  For many of us, this occurs to often.  For some, it results in a serious accident.

How do you know if you are too tired to drive?  What are the signs that signal that it’s time to get off the road because you are not only a danger to yourself, but to others on the road.

  1. Yawning.  Continually yawning or not being able to keep your eyes open.  Yawning is the simplest way of knowing that you are tired.
  2. Memory lapse.  If you have a hard time remembering the last couple of miles you have driven or even where you are along your drive, it’s time to stop.
  3. Swerving lanes.  Weaving between lanes and swerving over to the side of the road is an indication it’s time to get out of the car.
  4. Unsafe driving maneuvers.  The safe driving features in your car engage (like veering into another lane) or you are braking often are signs it’s time to pullover.

By paying attention to these warning signs, you are less of a risk to everyone on the road.

If you have been injured in an accident by someone fell asleep at the wheel, contact McShane & Brady at 816-888-8010.