Teach Your Teens Safe Habits

When you discuss road dangers with tweens, teens, and young adults, do not forget to include the dangers of drowsy driving.

Growing and developing teens have a biological need for increased sleep. However, this need comes just as they are reaching an age where their academic and social lives call for late night studying, talking on the phone, and texting with friends.

This can be a deadly combination if they fail to get enough sleep and doze off behind the wheel. Ensuring your teens get enough rest — especially before long trips — can help them be better, safer drivers.

Learn Other Tips to Avoid Drowsy Driving

To avoid drowsy driving, you should:

  • Pay careful attention to medications: If a medicine lists drowsiness as a possible side effect, consider taking the bus or train, using a ridesharing service, or calling a cab.
  • Not drinking: Alcohol is a depressant, so even one beer or glass of wine can make you sleepy. This is especially true when you are already tired.
  • Remain vigilant during peak sleep hours: For most people, it is more difficult to stay awake between midnight and 6 a.m. than it is at 10 a.m. Knowing this can help you stay aware of your alertness level.
  • Do not rely on caffeine for long drives: The NHTSA recommends having a cup or two of coffee and taking a 20 minute nap in a safe area if you need to remain alert for a short period. The best idea for safe driving over long periods, though, is to stop when you are tired and get a good night’s sleep.

Liability for a Georgia Drowsy Driving Accident

If a drowsy driver caused your Atlanta-area car accident, you may be eligible to collect compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and more. The Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C. can help you examine your legal options to recover money for your accident-related losses.

Call us today at 404-474-0804 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

Jason R. Schultz
Helping Georgia area residents with car accident, medical malpractice, and personal injury claims since 1991.
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