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Health Tips for November 14

Posted Nov 14 2011 12:00am
Health Tip: Don't Drive When Drowsy

If you've got a case of heavy eyelids while you're driving, pull over as soon as possible and get some rest.

The National Sleep Foundation mentions these warning signs that you're too sleepy to drive
  • Having difficulty staying focused or blinking eyelids frequently.
  • Finding yourself daydreaming.
  • Having difficulty seeing traffic signs or exits, or forgetting the last few miles that you drove.
  • Having difficulty keeping your head up, yawning frequently or rubbing your eyes.
  • Weaving between lanes or onto the shoulder, or tailgating the next car.
  • Feeling irritable or restless.

Health Tip: Avoid Distractions Behind the Wheel

Texting or talking on a cell phone behind the wheel are prime examples of the dangerous practice of distracted driving. But they're not the only ones.

The U.S. Department of Transportation offers these additional examples
  • Drinking or eating while driving.
  • Having heavy conversations with passengers.
  • Grooming yourself.
  • Looking at maps or reading.
  • Using a navigation system.
  • Watching a video.
  • Fiddling with a CD player, MP3 player or the car radio.
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