During any time of the year, but especially during the COVID-19 crisis, driving safely is important. While the roads across the nation are empty, many drivers chose to be more daring or even reckless when driving. This behavior has be reported by many police departments across the country. Remember to stay safe and do not give into temptation of the open and empty roads. To help you stay safe on Pennsylvania roads consider some of the following tips from the Melaragno, Placidi & Parini law firm. Drowsy driving We have all done this at one time or another, driven while we were very tired. If you drive while fatigued your reaction time is slowed and your vision and judgment are impaired. During the COVID-19 crisis many healthcare workers and other essential workers are working long hours. These men and women are risking their lives to help others at the cost of their health. Drowsy driving might prove to be a dangerous side effect of the COVID-19 crisis. What many drivers do not realize is that driving while drowsy is similar to driving while under the influence of alcohol. If you have been awake for close to 18 hours while working or returning from work or a long trip, being sleepy impacts your ability to drive about as much as if you were driving under the influence of alcohol. Most adults need anywhere from 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Driving tips When driving anywhere in Pennsylvania, remember to “Start SMART, Stay SMART.” Start SMART: S – seat belt buckled, seat adjusted M – mirrors clean and clear, adjusted A – air conditioning, defrost, heat, radio, GPS set R – radio set T – thoroughly check every direction for objects, traffic and people Stay SMART S – speed, watch how fast you are going M – mirrors, check them often and carefully A – avoid any distractions, such as roadside billboards, cellphone use etc. R – rules, always drive with due care and attention to the rules of the road T – time, take the time you need to get to where you are going safely Melaragno, Placidi & Parini has decades of experience dealing with vehicle accidents and know what to do to obtain fair compensation for your losses. Call us today. We are here to listen to your story and help you navigate the legal process.