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Make sure you don’t start a road trip tired

You might be staying in your hometown during the holidays, or you could have plans to visit distant loved ones. No matter what your holiday travel plans are this season, our team at the Kyle Law Firm wants you and other Texas residents to stay safe. For most people, this includes getting enough rest before getting behind the wheel.

Drowsy driving is a serious problem that many people don’t pay enough attention to, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Despite the scarcity of public awareness, thousands of car crashes are attributed to fatigued driving every year in the United States, resulting in tens of thousands of injuries and fatalities. Drowsy driving can occur at any time of the year, but you and other drivers may be particularly at risk during the busy holiday season.

It is important to remember that during the holidays, people are likely to be rushed, stressed out and exhausted as they try to get their shopping done and make the arrangements to travel out of town or to host gatherings at their own homes. Before you get in the car for a short drive or long road trip, take note of the following tips:

  • Get a full night’s sleep before your trip.
  • Address any medications that cause drowsiness or sleep-related disorders with your doctor.
  • Don’t rely on caffeine to keep you awake behind the wheel.
  • Pay attention to signs you might be too drowsy to drive, such as nodding off at the wheel, driving over the rumble strip or yawning excessively.

As our page on car crashes explains, you can take the necessary precautions, but you can’t predict or prevent the negligent actions of others. In this case, experienced counsel may be necessary.

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