There are distracted drivers, aggressive drivers, bad drivers, but one of the most dangerous type of drivers is more common than you may think… Drowsy drivers. Whether it’s a trucker who is pushing things too far to make a deadline, or someone coming home on the final leg of a long road trip, drowsy driving can be dangerous and deadly.
You May Need To Pull Over
Drowsy driving can happen to the best drivers, when we least expect it. Sometimes we find ourselves in a situation where we’re pushing things too hard and “know we can make it”. Here are some signs that you may need to pull over and rest:
- Difficulty focusing, frequent blinking or heavy eyelids.
- Daydreaming; wandering/disconnected thoughts.
- Trouble remembering the last few miles driven; missing exits or traffic signs.
- Yawning repeatedly or rubbing your eyes.
- Trouble keeping your head up.
- Drifting from your lane, tailgating or hitting a shoulder rumble strip.
- Feeling restless and irritable.
Ways To Avoid Drowsy Driving In The Future
As in most things, the best solution is to think ahead and avoid these types of situations all together. Here are some tips to stay safe:
- Leave plenty of time to reach your destination. Make sure to build time in your schedule to take breaks to get fresh air, stretch your legs, and break up the monotony of driving that can itself be fatiguing. If need be, break up extended driving trips with overnight stays, to maintain your regular sleep routine.
- Avoid late night and early morning driving. A good rule of thumb is to limit driving to times when you wouldn’t be sleeping.
- Share driving responsibilities. Split driving duties with another driver, and take turns resting when you’re not driving.
- Don’t rely on caffeine as substitute for sleep. Caffeine may provide a short-term boost to alertness, but the other effects of sleep deprivation can continue to interfere with safe driving.
- If you’re sleepy, call a friend to assist with the driving! You’d call somebody if you’d had a little too much to drink. Follow the same good, responsible advice for when you’re tired–even if the drive is a short one.
Injured By The Negligence Of A Drowsy Driver?
Drowsy driving is more difficult to prove than drunk driving, but regardless, if you’ve been involved in any accident that was not your fault, it’s always best to contact one of our experienced attornies.
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