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Posted on: November 3, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Drive Alert, Arrive Alive: Prevent Drowsy Driving

With shorter days and the end of daylight saving time upon us, it’s a good opportunity to remind motorists to drive alert and arrive alive.

Nov. 2-9, 2014, is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week in Washington state. Drowsy Driving Prevention Week is a far-reaching public awareness campaign developed to educate young drivers, their parents, and others about the dangers of drowsy driving.

Drivers ages 19-24 years old were most likely to report driving dangerously drowsy — 33 percent — while drivers older than 75 years old, and ages 16-18, were least likely to report drowsy driving, according to research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

A tired driver poses a risk to others on the road. In 2013, seven drowsy driving-related deaths occurred on Washington roads, according to the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission.

The following are simple tips to help staying awake while driving:

• Get a good night's sleep before hitting the highway.

• Don't be in a hurry to arrive to your destination.

• Take a break every two hours or 100 miles to help get refreshed.

• Use the buddy system to keep you awake and share driving duties.

• Avoid alcohol and medication that may cause drowsiness or have side effects.

• Don't drive when you would normally be sleeping.

To learn more about drowsy driving prevention, visit sleepfoundation.org and drowsydriving.org.