According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, drowsy driving crashes took the lives of 846 people in 2014. Don’t contribute to the statistic for this year. Follow these guidelines to prevent drowsy driving.

Get at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep before a trip – This is different from person to person, but a good rule of thumb.

Take a friend along – A friend not only makes the drive more fun, but can watch for signs of fatigue.

Stop regularly – Get out and walk around or stretch every two hours.

Avoid medications that may impair driving – Even over the counter medications can cause fatigue. Check the labels of your medications and plan accordingly.

Have a cup of coffee – Caffeine in the form of tea, coffee, soda, or energy drinks can combat drowsiness. Drowsydriving.org recommends consuming the equivalent of two cups of coffee.

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