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What are the top warning signs of drowsy driving?

Regardless of when you find yourself behind the wheel, it's always possible that you could begin to feel tired. You hope this never happens, but don't be surprised if it does.

You don't have to be on a long road trip to feel drowsy when driving. This can kick in at any time, especially during the nighttime hours.

Here are some of the top warning signs of drowsy driving;

  • Difficulty focusing on the road and concentrating on the task at hand
  • Heavy eyelids accompanied by frequent blinking
  • Trouble remembering what happened over the past few miles
  • Excessive yawning
  • Daydreaming
  • Difficulty keeping your head up and your eyes on the road
  • Drifting out of your lane of travel
  • Feelings of irritability and aggression

While these are some of the most common signs of drowsy driving, it's important to remember that not all of them will set in if you become tired. It's possible that you may only experience one or two of these.

Even though you know how important it is to remain alert when behind the wheel, it doesn't mean that other drivers are taking the same level of caution.

By staying focused on the road, you may find that another driver appears drowsy. In this case, you should do whatever it takes to keep your distance.

If a drowsy driver crashes into your vehicle, move to the side of the road and call 911 for help. Once you receive medical treatment and understand the cause of the crash, you can learn more about your legal rights for receiving compensation.

Source: National Sleep Foundation, "Warning Signs," accessed Oct. 05, 2017

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