Amica shares tips for Drowsy Driving Prevention Week
LINCOLN, R.I. - Drowsy driving is more dangerous, and happens more frequently, than most of us may think. That's why, as part of Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, Amica Insurance is sharing tips to help drivers stay alert behind the wheel.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, 60 percent of adults in the U.S. have driven while feeling drowsy, and around one third-have actually fallen asleep at the wheel. Amica is sharing five warning signs from the National Sleep Foundation that you may be too tired to drive safely:
- Driving during normal sleeping hours
- Trouble remembering the last few miles driven
- Missing familiar exits or traffic signs
- Frequent blinking or heavy eyelids
- Constant yawning or eye rubbing
The National Sleep Foundation also recommends these countermeasures to prevent a sleep-related crash:
- Bring someone along for the ride. Making conversation and taking turns driving can help maintain alertness.
- Drink a caffeinated beverage. This will have less of an effect on those who consume caffeine regularly, but for those who don’t, you can expect a surge in energy after approximately 30 minutes.
- Pull over into a safe area and take a short nap. A nap that’s shorter than 20 minutes can improve short-term alertness and performance better than longer naps, which may leave you feeling groggy.
About Amica Insurance
Amica Mutual Insurance Co., the nation’s oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, based in Lincoln, Rhode Island, is a national writer of auto, home, marine and umbrella insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,800 people in 44 offices across the country. For more information, visit Amica.com.
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