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November 13, 2012

Drowsy driving a problem on highways

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Woodward, Okla. — AVOIDING DROWSY DRIVING

Mai said AAA has tips to help eliminate drowsy driving as a factor in crashes.

- Get at least 7 hours of sleep prior to embarking on a trip.

- Travel when you're normally awake anyway.

- Take a break every 2 hours or 100 miles, "even if you're not feeling tired," Mai said.

- Have somebody go with you and take turns at the wheel. He said AAA data shows drivers with a passenger who shared driving duty were 50 percent less likely to be involved in a drowsy driving-related wreck.

- Avoid a heavy meal, which can make you sleepy, or medications that may cause drowsiness.

 "And don't rely on caffeine to stay awake." Mai said, noting that not everyone reacts the same way to caffeine stimulation, and the effects often happen at varying times.

"Caffeine doesn't replace sleep," he said.

Find out more about the AAA Foundation's efforts to combat drowsy driving by going to www.AAAFoundation.org, or contact Mai at (405) 753-8040 or chuck.mai@aaaok.org.

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