The Dangers of Tired Driving

Drowsy DrivingEveryone knows that drunk driving and distracted driving are some of the biggest causes of motor vehicle accidents. But what about tired driving? The dangers of driving while fatigued are often overlooked, despite the fact that drowsy drivers are involved in approximately 1,150 fatal collisions each year. In fact, According to a poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, a whopping 60 percent of adult drivers admit having driven a vehicle while feeling drowsy within the past year. In order to better understand the dangers of tired driving and reduce its prevalence, it is important for drivers to know its warning signs.

What are the Signs of Drowsy Driving?

One of the reasons why tired driving goes largely unnoticed is because it is less easily identified. While toxicology reports and cell phone records can usually provide clear evidence of drunk or distracted driving, car accidents caused by a driver falling asleep at the wheel have less clear-cut evidence. State reporting practices are notoriously inconsistent, with police oftentimes having little or no training in identifying fatigue as a factor in causing a crash. While some modern cars have warning indicators that will attempt to alert a driver in the event that they may be drifting or displaying signs of fatigue, the responsibility still falls on drivers to watch out for signs of drowsiness and pull off the road to rest.

Drowsy driving is often shown by the following signs:

  • Frequent yawning and blinking
  • Closing eyes for a moment
  • Losing visual focus
  • Wandering thoughts
  • Unintentionally changing speed
  • Lessened reaction times
  • Inability to remember driving the last few miles
  • Drifting between lanes

How to Prevent Drowsy Driving

While many people attempt to fight off fatigue by consuming large amounts of caffeine or blasting loud music while driving, these methods are largely ineffective and dangerous. The best way to eliminate fatigue while driving is simply to pull over and take a nap. A 20- to 40-minute nap can do wonders to improve a person’s level of energy and save them from being involved in a collision. Other effective methods include sharing driving duty with other passengers, exercising every few hours at rest stops, and getting a full night’s rest before embarking on a long road trip.

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