Asleep at the Wheel

May 27th, 2019 by

Are you still feeling the effects of daylight savings time? If so, it noticeably affects you when you’re behind the wheel. Many Chevy automobiles come with built-in safety features, such as lane keep assist and lane departure warning, to keep you safe while you’re on the road. What else can you do to ensure a safe trip? Below are some suggestions:

·         Call someone: engaging in conversation helps you stay alert

·         Play a game: try something like the license plate game or the billboard alphabet

·         Entertain your brain by singing in the car

·         Eat a snack

Naturally, the best cure for not being sleep deprived while driving is a bit of prevention: get as much rest as possible before any road trip. And secondly, do not rely on caffeine-laden beverages to help get you over your slump. In the least, you are better off finding a safe place to park and catching a quick cat nap.

Sleep deprivation has been proven to have the same effects on driving as drinking alcohol. Falling asleep, even if only for a few seconds, can have disastrous results. Not only could you cause an accident and total your vehicle, but it’s likely that you’ll end up hurt or hurting someone else. Imagine how far an automobile can travel in 10 seconds if on the interstate. You wouldn’t close your eyes on purpose for 10 seconds while driving, but that is all it takes for someone to fall asleep behind the wheel.

But it’s not just a matter of trying to keep your eyes open. Sleep deprivation takes many forms behind the wheel:

·         You are less able to pay attention to the road

·         Your reaction time is slower

·         Your ability to make good decisions is impaired

It is estimated that approximately 328,000 crashes occur annually due to drowsy driving. In fact, 40 percent of drivers in the United States have admitted to being in a vehicle and feeling that they’re too tired to drive. Don’t be a statistic. Take the measures listed above to ensure your trip ends successfully.

Contact us if you would like to see the safety features loaded into the latest Chevy models.

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