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Combating driver's fatigue

Drivers in Tennessee may have experienced driver's fatigue before, as it is actually a fairly common phenomenon. Unfortunately, it's also a potentially dangerous one, and it isn't addressed as frequently as other dangerous driving behaviors even though it can be just as damaging.

According to WebMD, there are a few things that can be done to combat driver's fatigue when a person feels it coming. One of the first suggestions is to drink something caffeinated. This can include tea, soda, or coffee. However, caffeine does take up to 30 minutes to kick in and its effect may vary from driver to driver. Some sources suggest taking a nap after consuming caffeine to maximize its effects.

Another tip is to travel with a companion. Not only can they keep an eye out for any signs of drowsiness, but they can help engage the driver and keep them awake through conversation.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration also include preventative measures against fatigue that a person can exercise well before they get in the car. This includes maintaining a healthy diet for a more reliable and long-lasting source of energy. They also mention how important it is to get enough sleep before driving, no matter how long or short the trip is supposed to be.

Additionally, naps are good in a pinch. Naps should be a minimum of 10 minutes or a maximum of 45. A driver should also give themselves 15 minutes after waking to reorient themselves before driving again. By exercising these tips and tricks, a driver can avoid ending up in an accident due to dozing at the wheel.

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