With the holiday season coming up, our Chicago car accident attorneys thought it would be beneficial to remind our readers about the dangers of driving drowsy, especially with the long distance road trips that drivers make to visit friends and loved ones over the holidays. We read an article on WDay.com that offers some useful tips and ideas on how to avoid injury by avoiding driving drowsy. Although most people realize that it is illegal to drive drunk, most drivers do not understand the dangers of driving while exhausted, and many admit to doing it themselves.
Driving drowsy is dangerous because when a driver is tired, they have a slower reaction time, their vision can be altered, they are not as alert, and as a result their judgment could be compromised. Exhaustion may also make it difficult for them to focus on the road.
Especially in this holiday season, people feel rushed on the road to get to their destination to see their loved ones or finish holiday errands. During this time of year, many people over-extend themselves and get less sleep than usual. But they should not compromise their safety or the safety of others on the road by driving drowsy. A study even showed that, “being awake for more than 20 hours, results in impairment equal to a blood alcohol level of point zero eight.” Some tips for avoiding driving drowsy include:
• Being well rested before a road trip or long drive • Drive with a companion, to make sure that each other is alert and to switch off drivers when needed • Take breaks along the trip • Never use caffeine as a substitute for sleep
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and DrowsyDriving.org, are good resources for learning more about drowsy driving and offer beneficial tips and information as well. Our Illinois car accident lawyers know that driving drowsy usually occurs at the late hours of the night or early morning. Should our readers find themselves tired and driving home from a holiday gathering late at night, they should pull over, have a friend or family member drive them home, or even call a cab.
We hope that our readers will take driving drowsy seriously, because the consequences can be deadly. We know that at this time of year, drivers are driving and socializing more with loved ones and family members, but they should not risk their safety, or the safety of people they share the road with, by driving while tired.