The Dangers of Drowsy Driving

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About Drowsy Driving

Most people already know the dangers of driving drunk. But did you know that driving while drowsy is almost as bad? Failing to get sufficient sleep can affect your spatial reasoning, your cognitive abilities, and you motor skills, just like drinking can. Yet unfortunately even people who would never drive drunk will occasionally drive when they havenít had enough sleep to drive safely.

Dangers of Drowsy Driving

The dangers of sleep deprivation can be deadly, and the risk of injury increases with how tired you get. When you donít get enough sleep and your mind starts to wander, it becomes harder to concentrate on the road, and in extreme cases you might actually fall asleep at the wheel.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers in the United States cause 12.5 Million dollars worth of damage every year due to drowsy driving. Every year approximately 71,000 people are injured and 1,500 people die as a result of drowsy driving.

Who Is at Greatest Risk

Young people are especially at risk of drowsy driving. Twenty four percent of people aged 18-29 have admitted to falling asleep while driving. Drivers under thirty are also four times more likely to be involved in an accident that involves drowsy drivers. This is why it is essential for young drivers, more than any other group, to be aware of how drowsiness affects their ability to operate a car.

Tips to Avoid Drowsy Driving

The easiest way to avoid drowsy driving is to simply make sure that you get plenty of sleep before you take to the road. Avoid going on long car trips after you have had a long, exhausting day. Never take medication that might make you sleepy before driving. Drive with a friend who can take the wheel if you ever get too tired to drive. Should you ever find yourself getting droopy-eyed while driving, pull over to a well-lit area and take a short nap before continuing? Even sleeping a short period of time should give you a lot more brainpower you can use to make it to your destination safely.

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