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Fatigue during summer road trips can cause a car accident

During long weekends and summer vacations, many families will take long car trips to popular tourist destinations. However, the hot weather and long hours driving can have an effect on drivers and may contribute to a car accident. According to ICBC, fatigue-related deaths tend to increase in British Columbia in August, with an average of 110 collisions reported to be fatigue related during the month.

Long weekends are a high-risk time to be on the road in general, with an average of 2,200 car accidents occurring during the B.C. Day holiday. While only a small percentage of these are reported as being fatigue related, it is estimated that tiredness, dehydration and overheating plays a role in many of these collisions. ICBC and police are warning British Columbia drivers to properly rest, drink water and take breaks from the road every two hours.

Driving while drowsy can have many negative impacts on driving ability. It can reduce a driver's ability to react as well as impact awareness and judgement. Many drivers will try blasting air conditioning or turning on music to fight the fatigue, but stopping for a break and a nap is a much more effective solution.

In the end, the only way to respond appropriately to wanting sleep is to get sleep. Drivers should be sure to plan trips with some excess time in order to allow for a pit stop and nap if needed. They should also drive defensively and watch for swerving or slowing cars, as these are signs of a fatigued driver on the road. Those who are in a car accident due to fatigue or any other reason should contact a lawyer to support them in their insurance claim and any other legal issues that may arise.

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