April 6 is Drowsy Driver Awareness Day

April 6 is Drowsy Driver Awareness Day

Last night while driving home from story time, my husband kept trying to talk to me while I dozed. Thank goodness he was driving because I would have wrecked the car, as tired as I was! I tend to not get enough sleep and as a result, when we get into a car, I usually get as drowsy as a toddler. (In fact, my daughter and I may as well be the same age!)

April 6 is Drowsy Driver Awareness Day, a good day to assess whether you should be at the wheel or not. If you’re too tired to drive, just don’t do it; it’s not worth it! Here are some tips for nondrowsy driving.

  • Get someone else to drive if you can
  • If you can’t, wait until you are awake
  • If you must absolutely drive, grab a coffee or something that you know will wake you up (for me, it’s ice cold water)
  • Pull over if you feel sleepy! Better to lock the doors and grab a quick nap then to run off the road as you fall asleep.
  • Avoid future episodes of drowsy driving by getting adequate food and sleep, and staying hydrated