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23. Fatigue

When you are tired, you are less alert. The body naturally wants to sleep at night and most drivers are less alert at night, especially after midnight. You may not see hazards early enough, or react as quickly.

Therefore, you increase your chances of being in a collision if you are tired or fatigued.

If you are tired, the only safe cure is to get off the road and get some sleep. If you don't, you risk your life and the lives of others. To keep from getting tired on a long trip:

  • get a lot of rest before you start
  • don't take any drugs that may make you drowsy, even the night before you start your trip
  • don't drive long hours
  • set a common sense limit of 300 to 400 miles a day
  • try not to drive late at night
  • take regular rest stops, even if you are not tired
  • have another person drive every hour or so
  • stop for coffee or a soft drink every 100 miles or every 2 hours
  • continually shift your eyes from one part of the road to another
  • chew gum or listening to the radio
  • roll your window down to get some fresh air

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    Lesson 3 Quiz


    You will now answer 5 questions to test what you learned during this lesson. You must answer all questions correctly to receive completion credit for this lesson. You may answer the questions as many times as necessary to get them right.

    You should review the lesson material if you don't do well on the quiz.

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    5. The "P" in the SIPDE process stands for:


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