Ways To Avoid A Car Accident In Arizona
This article shares some great advice from Phoenix accident attorney, Aaron Crane from Cantor Crane on ways to avoid car accidents. The Arizona Department of Transportation reports that driving while fatigued is one of the leading causes of car accidents. Whether you’re driving a car, a minivan or an 18-wheeler, you need to be responsible. Driving requires focused attention and when you’re tired, you’re more likely to have an accident, even if you don’t technically fall asleep at the wheel. Use these tips to help you stay more alert while you’re driving and you may never need the services of a Phoenix car accident attorney.
Get Your Rest
Make sure that you are well rested when you get in the car. Get enough sleep the day before you take a long car trip. If you’ll be driving somewhere earlier in the morning than usual, plan to go to bed early the night before and give yourself enough time to shower or have a cup of coffee before you leave the house. If you’ll be driving at night and are feeling tired, take a mini-nap before you start to drive.
Bring a Friend
If you are by yourself, you are more likely to zone out or fall asleep. A friend can carry on a conversation to help you stay awake. She can also take the wheel if you need a break from driving. Remember, though, that a companion is only helpful if he or she is awake as well. Your friend shouldn’t be dozing in the back seat.
Stay away from Sugar
It may seem counterintuitive, since sugar generally gives you a burst of energy, but it’s smart to stay away from sugar if you’ll be driving during a time when you might be tired. Despite the “high,” the blood sugar crash can ultimately leave you with less energy than you started with. If you need a snack, choose some healthy foods, like cheese sticks or nuts.
It is tempting to try to power through when you have a long drive ahead of you. The more stops you make, the longer it takes you to reach your destination. However, stepping out for a breath of fresh air and a brisk walk can give you the energy you need to feel refreshed.
Drive During the Day
There’s no doubt that most people are more alert during the daytime hours. You might think that the drive would be easier if you were not dealing with all the other traffic on the road, but you’re putting yourself at a disadvantage when you drive at night. If rush hour traffic around a large city like Phoenix is a concern, try to plan your trip so that you avoid that traffic.
If the car is warm, it’s more likely to lull you into a deeper state of relaxation and may even put you to sleep. If you feel your concentration starting to go, turn off your heat and open a window. The fresh air will help you wake up.
Avoid Alcohol and Medications
Most people know that they should not drink and drive, but it’s important to take a look at any medication you may be taking as well. Read the warning labels and don’t take anything that says it could cause drowsiness. If you’re starting a new medication, it’s smart to avoid driving until you know how it will affect you.
Avoid using the cruise control feature of your car, which can make you lose your focus. When you’re fully responsible for acceleration, braking and steering, you’re less likely to doze off while driving.
Stop for a Nap
Know yourself. If you find yourself feeling too sleepy or starting to nod off, it’s time to stop driving. Consider pulling off at the next exit and getting a motel room. Even a mini-nap in the car at a rest area could be helpful if you aren’t able to go to a motel.
It is a lot easier to start out awake and alert than it is to wake yourself up after you’re feeling drowsy. Make use of these tips before you start driving and keep them in mind whenever you have to drive. They’re especially important when you’re going on long trips.
Despite your best intentions, you may still find yourself in an accident. No matter who’s at fault, a Phoenix car accident attorney can help represent your interests in court. Cantor Crane offers free accident consultations, so don’t hesitate to call and set up an appointment, or contact us through our website.