Utica, NY (WIBX) - It's National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. The national campaign to prevent drowsy driving, got off the ground over the weekend and ends on Saturday, November 12, 2011.

This week, officials are reminding motorist about the dangers of fatigue driving and are providing some useful tips to avoid being a victim. According to the National Sleep Foundation, studies show that being awake for more than 20 hours, is equal to driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08-percent. As we near the height of the travel season. officials with the campaign say, "It's better to allow the time to drive alert, and arrive alive."

The Sleep Foundation provided the following tips to prevent drowsy driving:

  • Get a good night's sleep before you hit the road. You'll want to be alert for the drive, so be sure to get adequate sleep (seven to nine hours) the night before you go.
  • Don't be too rushed to arrive at your destination. Many drivers try to maximize the holiday weekend by driving at night or without stopping for breaks. It's better to allow the time to drive alert and arrive alive.
  • Use the buddy system. Just as you should not swim alone, avoid driving alone for long distances. A buddy who remains awake for the journey can take a turn behind the wheel and help identify the warning signs of fatigue.
  • Take a break every 100 miles or 2 hours. Do something to refresh yourself like getting a snack, switching drivers, or going for a run.
  • Take a nap—find a safe place to take a 15 to 20-minute nap, if you think you might fall asleep. Be cautious about excessive drowsiness after waking up.
  • Avoid alcohol and medications that cause drowsiness as a side-effect.
  • Avoid driving at times when you would normally be asleep.
  • Consume caffeine. The equivalent of two cups of coffee can increase alertness for several hours.

To learn more about the campaign to prevent drowsy driving follow this link.