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Rolling Along

Tips to keep drivers alert

It's vacation time. And what's more American than piling everyone into the car and heading across the good ol' USA to see the sights?

But be careful, says the National Safety Council. It's easy to get tired on long drives. The council has some tips to help you avoid problems.

They include getting a good night's sleep the night before a trip; starting out early in the day; and making sure you have passengers with you. Other measures to break monotony and keep you alert include varying your speed, turning the radio off and then on for awhile, and chewing gum.

Finally, if your eyes start to feel droopy, get off the road and get some sleep. It's better to be a little late than fall asleep at the wheel.

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