Stay awake on the roads this holiday season

2018-12-06 06:02

DID you know that according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, if you have five hours or less sleep at night, it is equivalent to driving drunk the next day?

This lack of sleep often happens the night before a big trip as getting everything ready for your departure can take time. However, this is also one of the factors that add to the ever-growing number of deaths on our roads over the holidays.

“There are many tell-tale signs that indicate that you need to pull the car over and stretch your legs,” said Mokete Sekhesa, brand manager for Turbovite.

“If you notice that you can’t keep your eyes open and struggle to stay focused, and the yawning never ends; if your head keeps dropping and you feel irritable and restless, then you need to take a break.”

The statistics of fatal road accidents over the South African holiday seasons tend to rise ever year, with driver fatigue contributing to this number.

“You need to do whatever you have to, to stay awake and alert on the roads. This should be the number-one priority when travelling on holiday,” said Sekhesa.

Sekhesa suggests the following five tips for how to make sure you and your family get to your destination this holiday season.

• Take regular breaks. If you feel that you are getting tired, take a break. Rather take a little longer to get there than not get there at all.

• When driving on a long trip, plan a 20-minute break every two hours to stretch your legs, get something to eat and focus your mind on something else other than the road.

• Most road accidents tend to happen between midnight and 6 am — the natural sleeping time. If you can, plan your trip after this time but if you can’t, plan regular stops and be aware of your standard of alertness.

• Taking a body and mind energy booster will help to keep you alert. A supplement such as Turbovite Blast, which contains caffeine, Ginkgo biloba and B-vitamins, can assist with physical energy and increased mental concentration.

• If possible, have a driving buddy. You can share the responsibility of the drive every two hours or so, ensuring that you don’t take any unnecessary risks. — Supplied.

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