We are all busy people and typically working late means we have to drive home late. However, drowsy driving can be very dangerous. Drowsy driving is impaired driving. 20 % of adult U.S. drivers admit to falling behind the wheel in 2015. Many of us know that driving drunk is asking for an accident, but driving while fatigued can be just as dangerous.Driving after 20 hours or more without sleep is as dangerous as driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08%.
While driving people, can even experience "microsleeps” and fall asleep for 4 to 5 seconds. That is enough time to result in a dangerous crash at highway speeds. About 100,000 crashes every year occur as a result of distracted driving.
People at Risk
People under the age of 25 make up 50% percent of drowsy driving crashes, due to their inexperience and tendency to drive late at night.
Shift workers and those working long hours.
According to the National Safety Council these are some symptoms and signs of drowsy driving.
Frequent yawning or difficulty keeping your eyes open
Having trouble keeping your head up
Inability to remember driving the last few miles
Missing road signs or turns
Difficulty maintaining speed
Drifting out of you lane
Combating Drowsy Driving
If you find yourself in a situation where you have no choice but to drive even though you are fatigued there are a few things you can do beforehand to mitigate the effects of fatigue
Take a 15 to 20 minute nap before you drive
Consume caffeine and a nap to get the benefits of both.
Drive with a passenger who can help keep you awake.
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