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Sometimes it can be hard to admit when we feel tired, especially if we are anxious to get to our destination as soon as possible, but fatigue can cause you to drift between lanes and will make it increasingly difficult for you to focus on the road ahead. This not only puts you and your passengers in imminent danger but also other motorists and road users.

Many manufacturers have added a drowsy driver alert system into their models including Volvo who was the first to introduce theirs back in 2007 while Ford, Mercedes and Volkswagen soon followed their lead.  These systems react to the driver’s steering, recommending the driver stops and takes a nap or at the very least, consumes caffeine.

While this type of technology is constantly improving and we will see an influx of autonomous systems in the 2017 model year, the driver is still accountable for their actions while behind the wheel and it really is the responsibility of the driver to stay alert when embarking on a journey.

There are many ways to avoid falling asleep at the wheel and avoiding potential accidents. Taking a nap before you set out or during your journey, making sure to stop for coffee breaks, taking advantage of rest stops and swapping drivers, to name a few. You might arrive to your destination behind schedule but it will ensure your arrive safely.

Blair Qualey is President and CEO of the New Car Dealers Association of BC. You can email him at [email protected].