According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, about half of all motor vehicle accidents are the result of driver fatigue. Some statistical agencies estimate that a quarter (25%) of all motor vehicle fatalities are due to people falling asleep at the wheel of their car. People who are planning a long road trip this spring or summer will know that, at some point, they’ll have to grapple with the fatigue that inevitably occurs when driving for many hours in a row. If not managed, this fatigue and sleepiness can become a real problem and potentially dangerous. Here are 10 tips for avoiding, or combating, driver fatigue.
10. Listen to Talk Radio Rather Than Music
Hearing your favorite song blast from the car stereo can be a real pick-me-up. All of us perk up when a song we like comes on the radio. But after a long period, music has an ability to lull people into a trance and make them sleepy. After a while, many people don’t even hear the music as they begin to nod off. To avoid this, experts recommend tuning your car to a talk radio format such as National Public Radio, CNN or a sports talk show. People are more likely to stay engaged and attentive when following a conversation than when they are hearing music in the background. Of course, it will help if the topic being discussed on the radio is one that you’re interested in and have an opinion about. So take a break from the music and tune into a talk radio show that will peak your interest and get you feeling alert again.