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Are You Too Tired to Drive?
Now that we’re moving into vacation season, you may be planning a long road trip. While this can be tons of fun, it’s also a bit risky if you don’t stay on your toes at all times.
Any time you get behind the wheel – regardless of your destination – it’s imperative that you’re 100 percent alert and awake. If you’re too tired to drive, it greatly increases the risk of an accident.
Here are some of the reasons why you may be too tired:
· Too many consecutive hours behind the wheel
· You work long shifts or at night
· Sleep disorder
· Neglecting to get enough sleep at night
· Prescription medication that makes you drowsy
One or more of these things can hit you while you’re driving, often without much notice. Here are the top signs that you should pull to the side of the road:
· Frequent blinking and yawning
· Blurry vision
· Inability to remember what’s happened over the last few miles
· Missing your turn or exit
It’s never a good idea to “push through” your tiredness. Instead, pull to safety, take a break and resume when you’re feeling better. From there, pinpoint what went wrong and then take steps to avoid the same situation in the future. For example, you may need to reconsider the type of medication you’re taking, as a more natural option may work better for your body.
Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.
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