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Running on Empty

Do you run hard, party hard and then crash and burn?  Work, and/or school, out with friends, holiday festivities, working out with the hopes of catching up on your sleep over the weekend?  You’re not alone.  Most of us don’t get enough sleep at night.  The problem is we’re not just dragging at school or work.  If we’re up for more than 20 hours and then hitting the road, it’s as if we are driving with a .08 Blood Alcohol Content (which is the legal limit in most states!)  How do you know if you’re too tired to drive?  If you can’t focus, you’re yawning a lot, reacting slowly, nodding, missing signs or drifting from your lane, you are way too tired to be driving. Tricks like driving with the window open and having the radio on don’t work. The  National Sleep Foundation suggests avoiding driving:

  • while tired
  • on medication that causes drowsiness
  • at times when you would typically be sleeping
  • on alcohol –especially when you are already sleepy

Pull over, rest, and get some shut eye.  You, and we, will be glad you did.

Drowsy Driving = Drunk Driving

Stay well rested so more people aren’t laid to rest! According to AAA, drinking while fatigued is equivalent to drinking with .10 Blood Alcohol content -- .08 BAC is considered in most states as too drunk to drive. Think about how many times you’ve driven while utterly exhausted. Have you ever nodded off while driving, only to be woken up by the sudden jolt from the rumble strips that have been set up as a safety measure on the sides of highways?

We are all guilty of driving while fatigued.  While it may not be intentional like drinking and driving, it is just as dangerous.

AAA also reports that 100,000 crashes are reported each year due to fatigued drivers, and these crashes result in 1,500 deaths and 71,000 injuries.  What can you do to avoid becoming one of these statistics?  If you feel yourself dozing off, pull over safely, put on your hazard lights and let yourself fall asleep, or if you can, pull into the nearest rest stop and get some coffee, take a quick walk, or grab a catnap.  Stay well rested so more people aren’t laid to rest!

Drunk walking?

Consider this situation - it’s time to go home from a party, but you’ve had a few too many drinks to drive. Just to be safe, you decide to hand over your keys, buckle up your  boots, and walk home. Sounds like a safe plan, right? We’ve all heard about drunk driving. But what about drunk walking?

Steve Levitt, author of the bestselling book Freakonomics, did some number crunching. Around 4,000 pedestrians were killed last year in the U.S. Of that number, an estimated 35% had been drinking.

Maybe it makes sense to bring your toothbrush and prepare to crash for the night on your friend’s couch.

For an article and an NPR podcast click here and forward to 1:25

Happy New Year! Party hearty, but safely enough to see what 2012 brings for you!

Is it worth it?

We’re all guilty of wanting to stay connected and to be in constant  communication, but how important is a text message? Would you say that sending a five, two, or even one-word message is worth risking your—or someone else’s - life? Think twice before texting while driving. http://youtu.be/DebhWD6ljZs