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AAA Warns: Watch out for drowsy drivers this season

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The holiday travel season is here and with millions of Virginians expected to hit the roads, AAA is issuing a warning about one bad driving habit in particular: drowsy drivers falling asleep at the wheel.

The roads will be packed in the coming weeks.

"About 2.7 million Virginians are traveling, 90 percent of them are going to be driving and we're only about 900 shy from the decade high mark of the year end travelers we saw back in 2010, so we're going to have a lot of company out there," Wendy VanCuren of AAA Mid Atlantic.

The hustle and bustle of the year end travel season means there will be more drivers tired on the road - and we've all been there before.

"I think we all had a moment behind the wheel where we weren't quite as alert as we should be, hopefully people are prepared, have family members they can trade off and they use good sense," said Beverly Smith.

Recognizing you are tired is the key. It's much like recognizing you've had too much to drink and shouldn't drive.

"When you're drowsy driving you have the same symptoms, you're yawning a lot, you're going out of your lane, you're day dreaming, you're not paying attention," said VanCuren.

Drivers suggest having a plan B in place.

"Have an alternate driver, I've got a teenager who can drive and a wife who can drive so we can split it if we have to," said J. Barton.

In a AAA study - a survey of 4,000 drivers found 1 out of 10 drivers reported falling asleep or nodding off behind the wheel, this year.

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