On the morning of April 4, a man driving an SUV lost consciousness and crashed into a Jersey City charter school. The man appears to have had a seizure before losing consciousness. Because staying awake while driving is so essential for your safety as well as the safety of those around you, taking the proper steps to always be an alert driver is important.
- Be sure to get enough sleep before driving a long distance.
- Never drive when you are feeling drowsy.
- If you find yourself starting to fall asleep, or if you feel like you might fall asleep, pull off the road as soon as safely possible. Even just getting out of your vehicle and walking around for a few minutes might be enough to wake you up enough to safely drive, especially if you only have a short drive.
- When taking long trips, take regular breaks. If possible, share driving responsibilities with at least one other person.
- Know the side effects of any medications you are taking, both prescription and over-the-counter. Know how it affects you specifically before you attempt to drive while using it, especially if you are going to be driving a significant distance. Just because a friend or family member was fine driving while taking a particular medicine does not mean your body will respond to the medication in the same way.
- If you have a medical condition, such as epilepsy, which may cause you to have seizures, make sure it is under control before you try to drive. New Jersey’s driving laws require you to be seizure-free for six months before you can drive. Other states have similar stipulations.