Will Blasting the AC Keep You From Falling Asleep at the Wheel?

Texas is a big country, and many drivers—especially our hardest-working Ford F-150 and Super Duty customers—spend hours upon hours on the long and dusty road.

Unfortunately, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this can lead to drowsiness, which causes 1.2 million traffic accidents each year.

How do we prevent driving tired, and stay safe even on our longest commutes? Many have their own personal methods, like blasting the air conditioning to stay chilly. But does running the AC really work?

The NHTSA says it isn't enough.

NHTSA safety experts recommend scheduling rest stops every two hours or 100 miles. It also goes without saying that a full night's rest is much better than chugging coffee to stay awake. One interesting finding also suggests that bringing along a passenger could significantly reduce your chances of getting into an accident—conversation may help keep you alert, and a passenger with eyes on the road may be able to help you notice dangers in time to avoid them.

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