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Date:5/24/2008

artner who can share the driving duties and help identify warning signs of fatigue.
  • Avoid alcohol and medications (prescription and over-the-counter) that may impair driving abilities and magnify the effects of sleepiness.
  • Don't drive at times when you would normally be sleeping.
  • If you start to feel sleepy while driving, stop at a safe place and take a 15- to 20-minute nap.
  • Pack a cooler with caffeinated beverages or keep caffeinated gum and mints in the glove box. The equivalent of two cups of coffee can increase alertness for several hours. Caffeine in liquid form takes about 20 to 30 minutes to take effect, so consume it before you take a short nap to get the benefits of both.
  • More information

    The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has more about traffic safety.



    -- Robert Preidt



    SOURCE: National Sleep Foundation, news release, May 21, 2008


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