Most people know driving tired is a problem, but that still does not keep them off the road. A recent study by AAA finds that two in five adults admitted to falling asleep while driving. Detroit is coming to the rescue with new technology to awaken a fatigued driver and hopefully avoid an accident. According to an article in MSNBC, the 2013 Lincoln MKS sedan comes equipped with a Lane Keeping System that sounds an alert if the vehicle senses the driver is drifting out of his or her lane. Not only does an alarm sound, but the steering wheel will nudge the vehicle back into its lane. If it happens again, an image of a coffee cup will flash on the dash signaling its time to pull over and rest.
In 2013, a Lexus will come with a special camera that watches for the head movements of tired drivers. Also, a Mercedes-Benz will flash a warning if it senses a tired driver through the steering wheel inputs.
Because of a greater emphasis on safe driving, the number of deaths on our nation’s highways is on the decline. While drunk driving awareness and even “buzzed driving” is a recognized societal problem, the recognition of the dangers of tired driving is catching up. The AAA survey found one in 10 adults had actually fallen asleep behind the wheel within the last year. A AAA Foundation spokesman says drivers tend to underestimate the effects of tired driving and its contribution to auto accidents.
If you are tired behind the wheel, AAA suggests:
- Take a break every 100 miles, or every 2 hours
- Share the driving with someone who is more awake
- Drink a caffeinated beverage
- Understand the signs of fatigue – Signs include rubbing your eyes, yawning, feeling restless, missing traffic signals, a bobbing head, hitting the rumble strips
Though you may take proper safety precautions behind the wheel, others may not, which can endanger other motorists on the road. If you have been involved in a car accident that was caused by another driver, call the car accident lawyers in Jacksonville of Farah & Farah for a free consultation. Our number is (800) 533-3555.