SleepSmartDriveSmart is an alliance of several organizations concerned with the increasing number of sleepy drivers. Our sole purpose is to educate drivers about the hazards of driving sleepy.
We live in a fast paced world and often try to cram 36 hours worth of work into 24. People will often work hard all day and then try and leave at night for vacation. This can create a dangerous combination. And even worse than those who occasionally lack sufficient sleep and then try and drive, are the drivers who are chronically sleepy. They are those who suffer from sleep disorders that prevent them from getting a good nights rest.
Working together, we know we can raise awareness about the dangers of driving sleepy, and possibly save a life.
Without the support of these organizations, Sleep Smart Drive Smart would not be possible. With their help, SSDS continues to educate people and increase community awareness in hopes of preventing fatalities due to drowsy or fatigued driving. SSDS appreciates our many supporters who make this fight for the cause possible.
Zero Fatalities is a one stop information resource and collaboration of numerous safety campaigns including Sleep Smart Drive Smart. They target the prevention of numerous types of traffic injuries and fatalities and are influential in raising awareness of drowsy driving.
Sleepiness and driving is a dangerous combination. Sleepiness or fatigue cause:
- Decreased awareness
- Impaired reaction time, judgment and vision
- Problems with information processing and short-term memory
- Decreased performance, vigilance and motivation
- Increased moodiness and aggressive behaviors
- Increased risk of crashing
How can you tell if you are "driving while drowsy"?
Signs that a driver should stop to rest include:
- Difficulty focusing, frequent blinking, or heavy eyelids
- Daydreaming; wandering/disconnected thoughts
- Trouble remembering the last few miles driven; missing exits or traffic signs
- Yawning repeatedly or rubbing your eyes
- Trouble keeping your head up
- Drifting from your lane, tailgating, or hitting a shoulder rumble strip
- Feeling restless and irritable
Because poor sleep/lack of sleep is the main factor in drowsy driving, getting a good night's rest is one of the best things you can do to prevent drowsy driving.
Sleep Tips: How to get a good sleep
- Maintain a regular bed and wake time schedule, including weekends.
- Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine (e.g. soaking in a hot bath, reading a book, listening to soothing music).
- Create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable, and cool. Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillow.
- Use you bedroom only for sleep.
- Finish eating big meals at least 2-3 hours before your regular bedtime.
- Exercise regularly. It is best to complete your workout at least a few hours before bedtime.
- To fall asleep quickly, avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol for at least four hours before you go to bed.
- Don't toss and turn. If you can't sleep after 20 minutes, get out of bed and do something else.
- It's hard to sleep hungry, so try a light snack before bedtime if you need to.
- Deal with stress. If daytime troubles keep you awake, try writing them down and leaving them until tomorrow.