Module 8: Risk Management 03

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  • Impaired driving is dangerous. It’s the cause of more than half of all car crashes. It means operating a motor vehicle while you are affected by:
  • Alcohol
  • Legal or illegal drugs
  • Sleepiness
  • Distractions, such as using a cell phone or texting
  • Having a medical condition which affects your driving

For your safety and the safety of others, do not drive while impaired. Have someone else drive you or take public transportation when you cannot drive. If you need to take a call or send a text message, pull over.

The most common problem that most drivers experience is fatigue, and the most common reason is being deprived of sleep. Many drivers try to push the limits of their ability to drive beyond when they should have gone to rest for the day.

When you are sleep deprived, it is not a good idea to drive. Sleep deprivation frequently affects drivers as dramatically as substance abuse. Tired drivers are not safe drivers. This can be as big a problem as drinking and driving. However, this issue is still underreported. It is important to get a good night’s sleep before a long overland trip and to rest frequently. Every 90 minutes or 2 hours, or 100 miles, is the recommended rest interval. Get out there and take a little walk to allow your muscles to rest. Do not drive more than 8 hours per day. It is recommended to change the direction of your eyes looking at different objects, both near and far, as well as to the right and left. Be sure to read all the road signs when approaching them and always check your rear view mirror. You should not depend on caffeine or other medicinal remedies to keep you awake when you are tired. Although these products may prevent you from falling asleep, they will not revitalize your body and mind in the way that sleep does. Your body’s sleep cycle is known as the circadian rhythm. You should plan to drive during the hours when you are normally awake.