Warning signs of drowsy drivers

THORNHILL, ON, March 6, 2015 /CNW/ - This weekend, the clocks will spring forward as we switch to daylight saving time. The annual time change means we lose an hour of sleep and may leave drivers drowsy on Monday morning.

CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) is reminding drivers to watch for the warning signs of drowsy driving:

  • The inability to recall the last few kilometres driven
  • Having disconnected or wandering thoughts
  • Difficulty focusing or keeping your eyes open
  • Feeling as though your head is very heavy
  • Drifting out of your driving lane
  • Yawning repeatedly
  • Accidentally tailgating other vehicles
  • Missing traffic signs

When faced with fatigue or drowsy driving symptoms, CAA SCO urges drivers to find a safe place to pull over.

To remain alert behind the wheel, CAA SCO suggests:

  • Get plenty of sleep the night before a long drive
  • Drive at times when you are normally awake
  • Schedule a break every two hours
  • Travel with an alert passenger
  • Avoid medications that cause drowsiness

If the unexpected happens while behind the wheel, it is important to know what to do in an emergency situation. Download and print CAA's Stranded Driver tips to keep in your glove box.

For over a hundred years, CAA has been helping Canadians stay mobile, safe and protected. CAA South Central Ontario is one of nine auto clubs across Canada providing roadside assistance, automotive care, travel products, insurance services and member savings for more than 1.9 million members.

SOURCE CAA South Central Ontario

For further information: Silvana Aceto, Media and PR Consultant, CAA SCO, sace@caasco.ca, Office: (905) 771-3194, Cell: (416) 209-4930 or Jeff LeMoine, Communications Consultant, CAA SCO, jlem@caasco.ca, Office: (905) 771-4709, Cell: (416) 254-0641.

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