The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 18, 1997 · Page 53
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the clock with their internal, or circadian, rhythms. While the circadian rhythms naturally boost energy during certain times of the day, they make people sleepy at other times. Most people feel sleepy during the afternoon lull between 2 and 5 p.m., and between midnight and 7 a.m. And those are the hours when most drowsy-driving crashes occur. MOST LIKELY TO DOZE OFF • Young people. Half the victims of fatigue- related crashes are under 25. Young people tend to stay up late, sleep too little and drive at night. In a North Carolina study, 55 percent of fall-asleep crashes involved people 25 years old or younger; 78 percent of those were males. • Highway drivers. People tend to fall asleep on high-speed, monotonous highways, especially at night. Studies on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and New York State Thruway estimate that 50 percent of fatal crashes are caused by drowsy drivers. • Truck drivers. Truck drivers work long and unusual hours, and nearly one-third of all fatal truck crashes are caused by driver fatigue. "Drivers are pushed beyond the limits," says Daphne Izer of Parents Against Tired Truckers, "and sometimes the cost is human life." Izer founded PATT in 1994, several months after a tractor-trailer killed Most drowsy-driving accidents happen between 2 and 5 p.m. or midnight and 7 a.m. her 17-year-old son, Jeffrey, and three teenage friends. PATT has become a champion of tired truck drivers, working to change the way drivers are paid and to increase the number of rest areas along highways. "Ultimately, the driver is responsible for that 80,000-pound machine. He shouldn't have to fear losing his job if he wants to stop and rest," Izer says. • Night shift workers. Driving home from working the night shift is danger time for America's 25 million rotating shift workers. Studies suggest 20-30 percent of those with non-traditional work hours had a fatigue- related driving mishap within the past year. Drivers who find themselves dozing and drifting on the road use tricks to stay awake — rolling down the window, chewing gum, drinking coffee, turning the radio up loud, even talking to themselves. But these anti-drowsiness measures work only temporarily, at best, says the National Sleep Foundation's Goldberg. "When you get truly sleepy, especially in a dark car at night, there is nothing you can do to keep yourself awake. Contrary to what most people believe, sleep is not voluntary." d 4 WAYS TO KEEP ALERT BEHIND THE WHEEL • Be rested. Get enough sleep the night before your trip. Drive and arrive at times you're normally awake. Stop somewhere overnight rather than traveling straight through on a long trip. • Pick your time. Avoid driving during your body's downtime (midafternoon and midnight-7 a.m. for most people), when sleep is almost irresistible. • Take a break. Schedule breaks every two hours or 100 miles. Be sure to walk or get some other exercise before continuing your trip. • Pull over. Whenever you feel sleepy, pull off the road, find a safe, well-lighted place and sleep. Even a 15- to 20-minute nap can be highly restorative. DANGER SIGNALS Even one of these symptoms means you may be in danger of falling asleep. • Your eyes close or go out of focus by themselves. • You have trouble keeping your head up. • You can't stop yawning. • You have disconnected thoughts. • You don't remember the last few miles you've driven. • You drift between lanes, tailgate or miss traffic signs. • You keep jerking the car back into the lane. • You have drifted off the road and narrowly missed crashing. 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