Fatigue is a constant state of mind for many of us in our day-to-day lives. Stress, long hours at work and family obligations can all lead to a lack of a good night’s rest. And, even if we had a bad night’s sleep, we may get in our cars and drive to work the next morning. However, this practice can be dangerous and can even lead to drowsy driving accidents. The following are some tips to avoid drowsy driving.

Tip 1: Eat a healthy diet

We all may already know that we need a solid night’s sleep to avoid drowsy driving, but did you know that a poor diet can also cause drowsiness. Skipping a meal or eating at odd times can cause fatigue. It is recommended to have a light snack before going to bed to have a restful night’s sleep. This can help avoid fatigue.

Tip 2: Take a nap if needed

If you are feeling drowsy and you are able to take a nap, do so. A nap of 10 to 45 minutes can help avoid fatigue. Let yourself have 15 minutes after waking up to get with it before driving again. In fact, a short nap is better at beating fatigue than drinking a cup of coffee.

Tip 3: Avoid “Alertness tricks” that do not work

We might have an idea in our head that we can beat drowsy driving by drinking a caffeinated beverage, rolling down the window for fresh air or turning the music up louder. However, not only do these tricks not work, but they can give you a false sense that you are able to drive when you are not.

Learn more about car accidents

Unfortunately, not everyone in New Jersey will heed these tips and accidents caused by drowsy drivers will still occur. If you are injured in an accident caused by a drowsy driver, you may want to learn more about your options. Our firm’s website has information that you may find useful.