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What are the top signs of drowsy driving?

As a driver, you know that there are times when you become too tired to press on. When this happens, it's imperative that you find a safe place to pull over and rest.

Some truckers don't take the same approach. Instead, they are in such a hurry to reach their destination that they neglect to rest as required by the law.

Here are some of the signs that a driver is too tired to continue forward:

  • Difficulty focusing on the road ahead
  • Daydreaming
  • Trouble remembering what happened over the past few miles
  • Constant yawning
  • Trouble keeping your head up
  • Signs of irritability and aggression
  • Drifting from one lane to the other

If you come across a driver who appears drowsy, it's important to keep your distance. By doing so, you lessen the likelihood of being part of a serious accident.

Even though most trucker drivers realize that they shouldn't be driving drowsy, some make this a habit. They assume that they will stay awake just because they are behind the wheel. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

If you are involved in an accident with a trucker, you should move your car to safety and wait for help to arrive. Due to the size difference in vehicles, you may suffer a serious injury. It's important to receive immediate medical assistance, as this can improve your long-term outlook.

Once you know the cause of the accident and your legal rights, you can formulate a plan for the weeks and months to come. It's possible that you may qualify for some type of compensation.

Source: National Sleep Foundation, "Drowsy Driving," accessed Aug. 29, 2017

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