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What are the warning signs of drowsy driving?

Following are warning signs of drowsy driving:
  • yawning constantly
  • unable to keep eyes open
  • restlessness and irritability
  • nodding off
  • daydreaming or wandering thoughts
  • drifting into other lanes
  • can't remember the last few miles
  • ending up too close to cars in front of you
  • missing road signs
  • driving past turns
  • moving onto the "rumble strip" or road shoulder
This content originally appeared on the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) website.
The following are warning signs of drowsy driving:
  • You keep yawning or are unable to keep your eyes open.
  • You catch yourself “nodding off” and have trouble keeping your head up.
  • You can’t remember driving the last few miles.
  • You end up too close to cars in front of you.
  • You miss road signs or drive past your turn.
  • You drift into the other lane of traffic.
  • You drift onto the “rumble strip” or onto the shoulder of the road.
Getting seven or more hours of sleep every night is the best way to prevent drowsy driving. You should avoid driving late at night or alone. On long trips, share the driving with another person.

This content originally appeared on the American Academy of Sleep Medicine website.

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