It’s Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, which means it’s time to talk about one of the most important – and often overlooked – safety issues on the road today. Drowsy driving is a significant problem in the United States, and statistics show that it contributes to more than 100,000 accidents yearly.
The good news is that there are things you can do to prevent drowsy driving.
What is Drowsy Driving?
Driving while drowsy is dangerous because of the combination of driving and sleepiness or fatigue resulting from insufficient sleep. Sleep deprivation impairs the brain just as much as intoxication does. Drivers with sleep deprivation operate motor vehicles while impaired by sleep-related cognitive impairment.
What’s Drowsy Driving Prevention Week?
Drowsy Driving Prevention Week (DDPW) is a weeklong campaign conducted by the National Sleep Foundation following the end of Daylight Saving Time each year. During this campaign, the aim is to reduce the number of sleep-deprived drivers on the road.
Why is Drowsy Driving Dangerous?
If you are tired, you should not drive. Drowsy driving is dangerous because fatigue can:
- Reduce the speed at which you think and react
- Result in poor judgment and vision
- Affect your abilities and senses
- Lead to micro-sleeping (“nodding off”) or complete sleep.
Sleep deprivation and driving during sleeping hours are the main causes of drowsy driving. People with untreated sleep disorders, short-term or chronic sleep deprivation, shift workers, and commercial drivers are at an increased risk for fatal crashes caused by drowsy driving.
How Can You Prevent Drowsy Driving?
Here are some of the top tips for staying awake and alert behind the wheel:
- Get a good night’s sleep before you hit the road
- Take breaks every two hours to stretch your legs and get some fresh air
- Avoid driving late at night or early in the morning if you can
- Keep your car well-ventilated and the temperature comfortable
- Skip the alcohol and caffeine before you drive
Following these simple tips can help make the roads safer for everyone during Drowsy Driving Prevention Week – and all year long!
What To Do If You’re Hit By A Drowsy Driver
You may find yourself or a loved one injured in a car accident caused by a drowsy driver, even if you are attentive and thoughtful as a driver. Our attorneys at Sklare Law Group welcome the opportunity to assist you if that is the case. Please call 312-759-1616 for a free consultation.