After spending time with friends and family during the holidays and getting ready to return home, consider your driving conditions — and Pam Moen with Triple-A Wisconsin is not talking about the weather. She warns against mix drinking with driving. Either don’t drink, or have a designated driver.
It’s important to remember that impairment begins with the first sip of alcohol. And, Moen has more helpful reminders before hitting the road. “Two of the other … we call them ‘Deadly Ds’ of driving, in addition to drunk driving, is drowsy and distracted driving.”
Get lots of sleep before driving and then take plenty of breaks during long trips. Moen suggests pulling over to a safe location to take a nap if you do feel tired behind the wheel. Also, she says, it is the driver’s responsibility to keep eyes, mind and body fully focused on the task of driving. A passenger can text and navigate. If traveling alone, pull over to a safe location before performing distracting tasks.
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