Many experts disagree that turkey makes you sleepy. Yes, L-tryptophan, an amino acid found in turkey, stimulates feelings of relaxation, but eating turkey itself will not actually put you into a “turkey coma.” Why is Trojan Auto Care bringing this up in an automotive blog? Because more drivers are on the road during the Thanksgiving holidays and we want you to be safe if you’ll be traveling. Let’s talk about Thanksgiving driving and the things that make it dangerous, aside from the alleged turkey comas.
Sleepiness Behind the Wheel
If it isn’t the turkey, then what makes you so sleepy after a huge Thanksgiving feast? It’s a combination of all of the foods, tiredness from your travels, and alcohol if you choose to imbibe. Thanksgiving foods tend to be high in fat, which makes them so good, and the desserts are sugary. This combination, plus over-eating, is what puts you into that food coma that is so wonderful and relaxing.
The food coma isn’t a problem if you are not heading home Thanksgiving night. If you are, however, you could battle a hazardous driving condition: sleepiness. The NHTSA has discovered that if you drive when you’re exhausted, your motor skills are as affected as if you’re driving drunk. Yikes! That’s scary. Tired driving is hazardous, and there are many tired drivers on the road Thanksgiving night.
Other Thanksgiving Traveling Hazards
To avoid sleepy driving, take a nap before you hit the road or leave the next day. This is especially important if you do imbibe during the feast. Holiday travel is loaded with drunk drivers, and it’s not a good idea to be one of them. Even if you don’t drink, be aware of the drivers around you, and if anyone is acting as if he or she is drunk, call 9-1-1 and keep a safe distance from the vehicle.
Thanksgiving driving can also get hairy if you’re running late, speeding, and driving recklessly to make it to your destination on time. Leave in plenty of time and account for traffic jams along the way. Stay patient and focused behind the wheel because other drivers might not be. The angrier people get, the crazier they drive, so watch out for aggressive drivers, as well, to avoid getting into an accident.