The dangers of drowsy driving

On Behalf of | Jun 12, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury |

Drowsy driving is a serious problem that is often overlooked. Most people know the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Still, they may not realize the risks associated with driving while drowsy.

What is drowsy driving?

When someone is drowsy, it affects their ability to focus. Their reaction time is slower, and they are not fully paying attention. They can also have difficulty calculating distances, impairing their judgment. All of these factors increase the risk of a car accident.

What causes drowsy driving?

One of the most common causes of drowsy driving is lack of sleep. When someone is sleep-deprived, their body is not functioning at its best, and they are prone to drowsy driving.

Driving long distances and driving at night can also cause drowsy driving, and taking certain medications that cause drowsiness or impair a person’s ability to focus and react normally.

One of the most devastating aspects of drowsy driving is that it can cause the same harm as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, except because the driver is not driving under the influence, they may ignore that they are tired and fall asleep at the wheel. It puts them and other drivers, passengers and pedestrians at risk.

How can I reduce the risk of drowsy driving?

There are things you can do to protect yourself and others from drowsy driving, including:

  • Getting at least 7-9 hours of sleep per night
  • Taking breaks if you are driving long distances, or drive with someone who will take turns with you.
  • Avoiding driving at night as much as possible and consider other transportation methods.
  • If you are taking medication, reading the label and asking your doctor if the drug could cause drowsiness as a side effect.

Drowsy driving is a serious issue that can have devastating consequences. It is critical to be aware of the risks, the causes and what you can do to avoid drowsy driving to reduce the risk of injury to yourself and others.