June 16, 2016 - 8:00 PM
KAMLOOPS - With summer road trips just around the corner, RCMP are reminding drivers to rest up before hitting the road.
RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says it's hard to know how many accidents are caused by fatigued drivers, but she is offering tips on how to make it through long road trips.
"The RCMP recommends that you don't drive unless you are energized and fully capable of driving safely," Shelkie says. "If you do feel drowsy while driving, stop immediately and have a nap, or better yet, get a hotel room and rest until you know you are safe to drive."
She also recommends having a "driving buddy." A passenger who can take over behind the wheel when you become too tired and need to nap.
Shelkie says the only thing that can keep you alert during long drives, is making sure you're well rested.
"No caffeine, food, energy drink, loud music or open windows have been proven to keep a driver alert and safely driving," she says. "Therefore it is vital drivers begin their trip refreshed and stop when they feel tired."
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