With so many motorists expected on the roadways, Bakewell recommends that everyone avoid driver distractions such as cell phones and texting, as well as avoid “driver fatigue” and not attempt a long drive home at night, especially if there’s any drowsiness after enjoying a hearty Thanksgiving dinner.
“On Thanksgiving Day we’re all especially susceptible to ‘carb-overload’ and when you couple that with the tryptophan that is present in turkey and other meats, and perhaps an alcoholic beverage, many of us are ready for a nap,” Bakewell said.
He noted that tryptophan can contribute to a feeling of drowsiness and motorists must be aware of that and avoid driving if they feel tired. “It’s much better to stay put rather than place yourself and others at risk,” he added. “A fresh start in the morning after you’ve rested makes a world of difference.”
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