Physical Health

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    Though not appearing to be physically demanding, driving requires attention, quick decision making and proper action.

    Different people have different ability, and each person’s ability can change depending on their mental and physical fitness. Refrain from driving when you are not at your best.

  • Know your own limits. Sometimes deciding not to drive is the best choice.

    Some of the factors that come into play with regards to physical health include:

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    Age: 

    Age affects coordination and vision, and thus driving.

    As one gets older and has more driving experience, s/he learns more about her/his driving skill limits, slowing down more as necessary

  • Screen Shot 2014-02-06 at 10.54.09 AMYounger drivers have quicker reflexes and tend to have better vision, but often act more impulsively with less experience, thus producing more accidents

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    Screen Shot 2014-02-06 at 11.08.15 AMFatigue:

    Being tired makes it harder for you to perceive, interpret, judge and choose

    It also causes reduced muscular coordination and thus your reflexes will not be as quick

    Fatigue kills young drivers at a higher rate than older drivers.

    Falling asleep at the wheel is dangerous, if not deadly

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    A tired driver has reduced reaction times.

    For the safety of yourself and others, if you need to pull over to rest – do so.

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    Causes of Lack of Sleep
    Boredom
    Stress
    Alcohol or drugs
    Illness
    Overeating
    Glare from the sun
    Driving for too long without taking a break
    Driving during normal sleeping hours
    A long day at school or work
    Time of day: especially between 1 and 5pm
    A day of hard exercice
    An overly warm vehicle interior
    Effects of fatigue
    Blurred vision
    Lower vision capability
    Misjudge speed
    Seeing double
    Easily irritate
    Poor timing of action
    Loss of depth perception
    Taking unusual risks
    Drowsiness
    Loss of control or falling asleep
  • Warning Signs

     Trouble keeping your eyes open and/or head up
    Difficulty maintaining speed
    You cannot remember the last few minutes of your drive
    Your vehicle is drifting into another lane.
  • Fatigue Prevention

    Before Driving:

    Get plenty of sleep
    Don’t drink alcohol or take drugs/medicine that cause drowsiness
    Avoid heavy and fatty foods
    Don’t drive when sick
    Don’t drive late at night or when you would normally be sleeping

    While Driving:

    Take breaks every 2 hours
    Listen to music/talk to passengers
    Wear sunglasses to cope with glare
    Roll down windows
    Shift your seating position
    Scan for hazards constantly
    Frequently check mirrors
    Pull-over and nap when you feel tired
    Keep your car interior cool
    Drink coffee/other caffeinated drink. NOTE: when caffeine wears off the level of fatigue can be worse
    Stop at a rest stop and stretch, walk or jog
    Don’t try to tough it out. Drowsiness is not something that can be fought off.
    Admit you are drowsy and stop for a rest.

    When Resting:

    Find a safe roadside rest area
    At night, locate a well lit, highly visible rest area
    Turn off the engine
    Open the window a bit to get fresh air
    Lock your vehicle’s doors
    Relax and just try to rest.
    After resting, walk around the vehicle to wake up.

    Medication 

    Even doctor prescribed medicine can cause drowsiness. Be sure to check labels before driving.
    Nicotine and caffeine also affect your ability to drive.

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    Alcohol

    Driving under the influence of illegal drugs is dangerous and imposes serious penalties usually including license suspension, heavy fines, and possible imprisonment.

  • Chronic Illness

    Those suffering from chronic illness may be licensed as long as their illness is under medical control.

    Physical Disability

    Those with physical disabilities also drive using special controls to adjust for their particular disability.