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How truckers can fight fatigue behind the wheel

Drowsy driving is something that truckers in California have to contend with, sometimes on a daily basis if they do not achieve long and restful sleep. The following are a few tips that truckers can take to heart the next time they feel themselves becoming sleepy. It all starts with knowing the symptoms of fatigue: continual yawning, heavy eyelids, lapses in memory and so on.

Is it time to review your car insurance policy?

For many things in life, you and other California residents likely have a set-it-and-forget-it attitude. For example, you know that you need to have automobile insurance, but you may not think about it much beyond paying your premiums when they come due. However, if you do not understand your insurance coverage, you could end up in a difficult predicament if you have a car accident.

U.S. no longer leader in car safety rating systems, says report

Since the 1990s when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration developed its five-star car safety rating system, there have undoubtedly been improvements in the automotive industry. Automakers have been prompted to build safer vehicles so as to attain a four- or five-star rating from the federal government. However, California residents should know about a report that argues that there is room for improvement in the rating system.

Sleep apnea heightens truck accident risk

An estimated 35% of truckers in California and throughout the U.S. suffer from a sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. Apnea means "without breath," and it can occur in one of two ways. In central sleep apnea, the brain may fail to send signals to the muscles that control breathing, causing a person to stop breathing. In obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, the relaxing and collapsing of the throat muscles and mouth palate cause the upper airway to be blocked.

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