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How to avoid drowsy driving

According to a poll from the National Sleep Foundation, 60 percent of adults said that they had operated a motor vehicle while drowsy. Another 37 percent said that they had fallen asleep behind the wheel. Missouri drivers and others should know that driving after being awake for 18 hours is similar to driving with a blood alcohol content of .05 percent.

That number increases to .10 percent for drivers who have been awake for 24 hours. Those who drive while tired will likely have poor reaction time and poor decision-making abilities. To help drivers better understand what it's like to drive while tired, a representative from Chevrolet brought a simulator to several cities across the country. In the simulation, drivers wear a suit weighing 23 pounds and special goggles. The goggles cause the eyes to close for one second for every 10 seconds in the simulation.

Drivers who are too tired to operate a motor vehicle will exhibit signs such as frequent yawning or an inability to stay in their lane. They may also forget where they are going or where they have been driving over the past several minutes. Instead of driving while tired, it may be best to pull off to the side of the road for a quick nap or call a friend to drive instead.

Individuals who are hurt by a negligent driver may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills and other damages. These damages might include lost wages and lost future earnings as well as the cost of replacing items damaged in a crash. Negligence may occur if a driver is tired at the time of a crash, and an attorney may help gather evidence that a person shouldn't have been driving when the collision took place.

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