Drowsy driving is a major problem in Texas. It puts everyone on the road at risk of an accident. It’s important to understand how this issue can impact everyone.
What causes drowsy driving?
More motor vehicle accidents occur when drivers get behind the wheel drowsy. Several factors can cause drowsy driving. Sleep deprivation from interrupted sleep and sleep disorders are among the top reasons.
Shift work where people work different hours of the day from week to week can lead to drowsy driving. Even daylight saving time where a person misses an hour of sleep can lead to drowsy driving. Certain types of medications that cause drowsiness are also common factors.
What are the warning signs of drowsy driving?
When a person drives while drowsy, there are common things that can happen. Signs and symptoms can alert the driver of the danger. Continuous yawning, daydreaming and rubbing at one’s eyes or blinking should be considered among the early warning signs. However, once a person’s eyes start to close, their vision goes blurry or they begin nodding off, it can open the door to car crashes happening.
Drivers who recognize that they are driving while drowsy should immediately open their windows, turn up the volume on the stereo or pull over to rest. If possible, they can also get to the nearest drive-through restaurant and order coffee to wake themselves up.
Why is drowsy driving so dangerous?
Drowsy driving is a lot more dangerous than many people might realize. Often, it’s compared with drunk driving. Just like with drunk driving, drowsy driving can cause mental impairment. When a person is drowsy behind the wheel, their reaction time and decision-making are significantly reduced compared to a driver who is well-rested. A person who begins to fall asleep at the wheel can easily lose control of their vehicle and crash.
Additionally, drowsy driving is even a danger when the driver doesn’t actually fall asleep behind the wheel. Drowsiness can cause a person’s mind to wander, which means their focus isn’t on their driving.
Injuries from accidents with a drowsy driver can be serious. Hold the at-fault party accountable.