(ARA) - Drowsy driving can put anyone at risk for an accident, and NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Carl Edwards wants to make sure motorists know to stay alert while driving. Edwards, who suffers from allergies, has teamed up with the makers of the non-drowsy allergy medication, CLARITIN, for the "Clear to Drive" campaign. The campaign aims to make sure people know how important it is to read medicine labels to see if there are any warnings about drowsiness before they get behind the wheel.
"As someone who races cars for a living, driver safety is an issue that's important to me, and that's why I'm participating in the "Clear to Drive" campaign," says Edwards. "When I'm driving at 180 miles per hour, I can't risk taking a medicine that makes me drowsy. I choose CLARITIN because it gives me powerful, non-drowsy relief from my worst allergy symptoms."
As a spokesperson for the "Clear to Drive" campaign, Edwards will record a radio announcement to raise awareness about drowsy driving, which can potentially result from taking medicines that may cause drowsiness. The radio announcement will be available on cleartodrive.com - a new Web site that will provide valuable information on safe driving. The site will also feature facts about drowsy driving and tips for preventing this growing problem.
The Dangers of Drowsy Driving
Many drivers don't realize that some common over-the-counter medicines could cause drowsiness. In fact, according to a recent survey, four in 10 Americans (38 %) report that there have been times when they were driving and realized that the medicine they had taken was making them drowsy.
"Taking a medication that may cause drowsiness can put people at risk for nodding off behind the wheel and potentially harming themselves or others," says Marjorie Slankard, M.D., clinical professor of medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. "It's important to carefully read the labels of medications and understand the side effects."
Tips for Preventing Drowsy Driving
* Always remember to check medicine labels, including allergy medicines, for warnings about drowsiness before getting behind the wheel
* Avoid driving if you're feeling drowsy
* Schedule breaks during long trips or arrange for a travel companion
* Get adequate sleep
* Stop driving if you start feeling drowsy behind the wheel
For more tips on safe driving and additional information about the "Clear to Drive" campaign, visit cleartodrive.com.
Courtesy of ARAcontent