The Dangers of Drowsy Driving

The Dangers of Drowsy Driving


The Dangers of Drowsy Driving

Driving while drowsy has become a way of life for many people. While most people manage to get by with daily activities while fatigued, one area that should not be compromised is driving. Many tragedies have occurred because someone decided to drive when he or she was too tired. An endless number of individuals take medications that cause them to be sleepy, or they drink alcohol or indulge in illegal drugs, or they work late shifts. All of these situations can lead to injury or death because when someone is too tired, their reflexes and thought processes are slower, making them a risk on the road.

Depending on the situation, it can be easy for people to fall asleep while driving, especially late at night. The drone of the road, the quietness, and the heaviness of the eyes can make it difficult to stay awake.

Alarming statistics regarding drowsy driving:
• Of those who are over 18 years of age, one in 25 adult drivers fall asleep, according to a 2015 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.
• In 2013, there were approximately 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries and 800 deaths caused by drowsy driving, according to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA). Although these numbers are estimates, the NHTSA has reason to believe that there are probably up to 6,000 fatalities caused by fatigued drivers.

What Puts Someone at Risk?
Unfortunately, most drowsy drivers have no idea that they are a threat to others and they mean no harm to others. However, there are key factors that contribute to the probability that someone is too sleepy or fatigued to be driving. Those things could include:
• Drivers who work late night shifts.
• Drivers who take sleeping pills, either over the counter or prescriptions.
• Commercial truck drivers who are pushed to work too many hours.
• Drivers who don't sleep well at night.

How to Avoid Fatigued Driving
While everyone has experienced driving when too tired, there are some simple things that can be done to help. Here are some ideas:
• If you are already tired, don't plan on leaving for a long road trip until you get some sleep.
• Don't depend on caffeine from coffee, energy drinks, or pills to keep you going. While these items might wake you up for a while, you will feel a greater drop in energy when they wear off, which can happen quickly.
• If you are going on a longer trip in which you may become tired, take someone along to help you stay awake.
• Keep the car or truck at a cooler temperature inside, as a warm vehicle can make you sleepier. Open a window or keep the air conditioner blowing on you.
• Play the radio, a CD, or listen to an interesting audio book.

Play it Safe
We live in a world that continues to push us to get more done in less time. However, when it comes to the safety of you, your loved ones, and others on the road, it's better to be safe than sorry. Use good judgment and delay your trip if necessary. Tomorrow is just around the corner and you can get a fresh start in the morning!
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