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Drowsy Driving Prevention 


If you:
-Can't remember the last few miles driven 
-Have wandering or disconnected thoughts
-Experience difficulty focusing or keeping your eyes open
-Have trouble keeping your head up
-Drift from lanes or hit a rumble strip
-Yawn repeatedly
-Tailgate or miss traffic signs
-Find yourself jerking your vehicle back into lane....

...then you may be suffering from drowsiness or fatigue. Continuing to drive in this condition puts you at serious risk of being involved in a fatigue-related crash. You should pull over in a safe place and get some rest before resuming your trip.


-Sleep/take naps: Your best bet is to get enough sleep every day. If you must stay up late, afternoon naps are a great way to get more sleep. If you feel drowsy while driving, a 15-minute nap can be very effective. Make sure to pull over in a safe place.

-Caffeine: Avoid caffeine during the last half of your workday as it may contribute to sleeping problems. You can gain short-term alertness by drinking coffee or other caffeine sources if driving, but it usually takes 30 minutes to take affect and wears off after a few hours.
Regular stops: You should stop every 100 miles or 2 hours. Switch drivers if you can.

-AC MAX- Recirculation: Do not operate the vehicle for extended periods of time with the AC on MAX or Recirculation. Under these conditions the level of C02 in the vehicle is increased contributing to drowsy driving.

-Avoid Alcohol: If you have been drinking, please don't drive! In addition to being illegal, alcohol makes you sleepy and amplifies your fatigue.

-If you are planning a long trip, AAA offers the following tips for avoiding fatigue: Prepare for your trip by getting a good night's sleep the night before. Plan to drive during the time that you are normally awake, and stay overnight rather than traveling straight through. 

-Avoid driving during the body's "down time". According to AAA, this is generally in the mid-afternoon and between midnight and 6:00 a.m.

-If you have passengers, talk to them. It will help to keep you alert, and they will also be able to tell if you are showing signs of getting sleepy. 
-Schedule a break every 2 hours or every 100 miles. Take a nap, stretch, take a walk and get some exercise before resuming your trip. 
Stop sooner if you show any danger signs of sleepiness.


Opening the window, turning on the air conditioning or playing loud music are NOT effective in keeping drivers alert for any extended period of time.
How to deal Aggressive Driving!

Aggressive driving has been defined in many ways; however, the most comprehensive definition is: the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.

Characteristics of aggressive drivers:
Aggressive driving may be characterized by the following traffic violations:
-Excessive speed 
-Frequent or unsafe lane changes
-Failure to signal
-Failure to yield the right of way
-Disregarding traffic controls
-Impaired driving

If you encounter an aggressive driver, here are basic tips for dealing with an aggressive driver:

-Remain calm
-Keep your distance
-Do not pass unless you have to
-Change lanes once it is safe (don't jump lanes without looking)

If you cannot change lanes and an aggressive driver is behind you, stay where you are, maintain the proper speed and do not respond with hostile gestures.
You may call 911 (or *911 from a cell phone) to report an aggressive driver or a driver you believe may be impaired.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released implementation of a high-visibility traffic enforcement program to reduce unsafe driving behaviors among drivers of passenger and commercial motor vehicles. 

This Program was developed to as an online resource to help States plan and implement a high-visibility traffic enforcement program. The information and tools provided on this Web site are designed to help States educate motorists about the dangers of unsafe driving behaviors committed b
y cars around trucks, trucks around trucks, and trucks around other types of motor vehicles. Unsafe driving behaviors may include, but are not limited to: unsafe lane changes,
tailgating, failing to signal lane changes, failing to yield the right of way, speeding, and aggressive driving (a combination of two or more behaviors).

This Web site provides information and resources about:
-Action Planning tips for starting a TACT program
-Participating TACT States
-Industry affiliates and Federal and State safety partners 
-Funding and grant opportunities for TACT
-Relevant research about passenger and commercial motor vehicle safety
-Useful Tips for motorists and professional truck drivers

November 1st, 2013
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November 3-10
Next Week is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

The National Sleep Foundation has its annual Drowsy Driving Prevention week as an educational campaign designed to save lives by increasing awareness of the dangers of driving while sleepy. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that drowsy driving causes at least 100,000 police-reported crashes and kills more than 1,550 Americans each year. It is curious that all states have laws in place to enforce drunken driving but few have laws to cite a driver who has fallen asleep causing an accident. Only the state of New Jersey explicitly defines drowsy driving as recklessness under a vehicular homicide statute. Known as "Maggie's Law," New Jersey's drowsy driving law has served to raise awareness of the consequences of fatigue behind the wheel and has spurred significant action in other states. There are now at least 8 states with 12 pending bills that address fatigued driving in various ways.

For more information on Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, visit:

Time to 

Fall Back...



Daylight Savings Time Change This Sunday!!


Daylight savings time will "fall back" at 2:00 a.m.
Sunday, November 3rd

*Make sure that all of your drivers are aware that the change to daylight savings will occur.  


A one hour time difference can present unique changes to a driver on a route.   

More importantly, caution route drivers that the amount of daylight at each stop, will change accordingly.  An intersection or street can present different challenges to drivers with an hour's change in the position of the sun. 


The Idealease Safety Bulletin is provided for Idealease affiliates and their customers and is not to be construed as a complete or exhaustive source of compliance or safety information. The Idealease Safety Bulletin is advisory in nature and does not warrant, guarantee, or otherwise certify compliance with laws, regulations, requirements, or guidelines of any local, state, or Federal agency and/or governing body, or industry standards.