When we think of the dangers involved in driving, we usually think of accidents caused by a drunk driver or hazardous weather.
While those two are very common types of car accidents that can lead to serious injuries, including death, there is one danger on the road that does not get much of a spotlight, even though it should.
Drowsy driving is when a person drives when they are tired and sleepy—two things that unfortunately can turn deadly in a split second.
Driving at night
Driving at night, especially for people who are not used to driving in the dark, is definitely a risk factor. Make sure you are well-rested and awake if you are not used to driving in the dark.
When you are sleepy, your brain is not as sharp, which means you cannot react as quickly, and you might miss seeing things like traffic signs or other vehicles on the road. Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving.
People traveling by car should stop every few hours to stretch their legs, drink a glass of water, use the restroom, freshen up and do whatever they need to stay alert for the rest of their trip.
Many people try to push through and drive straight through without stopping. That is a mistake, because driving without breaks can absolutely lead to drowsy driving. You can become tired easily and lose control of your car.
There are steps you can take to help avoid a serious accident due to distracted driving. First, make sure you are getting enough sleep every night. Also, you should:
- Plan ahead and be well-rested before trips
- Take breaks to stretch your legs, eat or take a quick nap
- Drive with someone and take turns driving
If you are on the road for too long and it is dark outside, you are combining two risk factors that could easily lead to a fatal accident. By thinking ahead and planning your trips carefully, you can help prevent drowsy driving, which is just as dangerous as drunk driving.
Remember that if you are tired, have been studying, working or doing anything that makes you tired, consider using another method of transportation. It is worthwhile to do everything in your power to help prevent a tragedy from happening to you or someone else on the road.