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Four Tips to Avoid Drowsy Driving


Closeup portrait tired young attractive woman with short attention span, driving her car after long hours trip, yawning at wheel, isolated outside background. Sleep deprivation

Most of us have faced this scenario:You didn’t get enough sleep last night, the meeting you sat through was way too long, or your flight was delayed and now you have to make the 45 minute drive home at 3 a.m. But driving when you’re tired can be extremely dangerous, for you and the other cars around you. Here are some things you can do to avoid drowsy driving.

  • Plan Ahead – If you know you are going to be unusually busy or will not be getting a good night’s sleep, take a short nap or have that extra cup of coffee to wake you up before making the drive
  • Hit the Recommended 7-9 Hours– Doctors recommend seven to nine hours of sleep for adults, so try to plan your schedule accordingly and leave time to catch up on your sleep.
  • Observe Any Medical Conditions– If you have a sleep disorder, make sure you are always aware and awake when you are driving. There are also medications that cause drowsiness, so be sure you are not taking these when you have a long drive ahead of you.
  • Pay Attention to your Clock– Although not everybody is a “morning person”, everyone has their own biological clock. Pay attention to your natural sleep cycles, and save the tough driving for when you feel awake if possible.

Even though we all try our best to pay attention at the wheel, accidents do happen. If you have been in an accident and you need someone to look at your vehicle, take it in to one of our three TGK Automotive shops and have it inspected as soon as possible!


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Maplewood, MN 55113


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Hugo, MN 55038


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Crystal, MN 55428


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