Drowsy Driving: Common Sings & Prevention

Published by Michael Hoban on

While most people are aware of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, they fail to realize the dangers of drowsy driving. Sure, we’ve all felt sleepy behind the wheel at one point or another, often on the way to or from work. Yet, you likely still felt in control and awake, but that does not make it risky. Driving while tired, especially on long commutes or road travel, make roadways dangerous for everyone. This post will feature statistics from The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), in order to bring some awareness to the issue of drowsy driving.

Asleep At The Wheel

Undoubtedly, most of us have experienced some fatigue while driving. Often times people feel their drowsiness or fatigue is manageable and forage on. This means running the risk of being in a serious accident because fatigue affects your ability to respond. In fact according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), if you are traveling 55mph, and enter a “micro-sleep” for 4 or 5 seconds, you will have traveled about 100 yards. That means driving the length of a football field while not conscious of your surroundings. Clearly, drowsy driving is no laughing matter.

Might Be Time For A Check-Up

Fortunately, there are ways to help prevent drowsy driving and fight the effects of fatigue. It all starts with sleep. Getting the recommended 8 hours of sleep is difficult for some people due to work schedules or sleep disorder whether it’s diagnosed or not. Sleeping disorders are more common than people think and many people live with one and don’t know it

Below is a common symptoms list of sleeping disorders

  • Wake up frequently in the middle of your normal sleep schedule
  • If it normally It takes more than 30 mins for you to fall asleep
  • Nap frequently, and consistently feel fatigued throughout the day. 

Short Term Remedies

Sometimes the last few miles of a commute or road trip seem endless as fatigue sets in. if you start feeling the effects of drowsy driving, the safest thing to do is pull over if possible. Either find a light rest stop or gas station to take a break. A quick nap can improve function and focus as well as some coffee of an energy drink. These remedies are temporary, so plan on getting appropriate sleep when possible. Drowsy driving should be taken as serious and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol because they all carry similar risks. You could lose your life, spend time in jail, have large fines, be labeled a high-risk driver, lose your license and have to carry Sr-22 insurance.