Do you drive while under the influence of drowsiness? Drowsy driving is dangerous because it’s a case of driving while your senses are impaired. This has an effect on a person’s ability to drive safely. While many people associate dangerous driving with drug and alcohol, sleepiness can also be the culprit in a car accident. It doesn’t just happen when someone falls asleep at the wheel. Your reaction time, alertness, and ability to pay attention all go down when you’re tired. The UKPC has also seen incidents where drivers crash into other vehicles or objects while parking, simply because they were too tired to be driving.
It’s not possible to give an exact number of people who have been involved in drowsy driving crashes. Those who investigate the crashes are trained to search for specific clues to what caused the driving error, but the results aren’t always concrete.
Instead of relying on conclusive evidence, which often isn’t available, researchers use a number mof methods to guess the number of crashes and fatalities caused by sleepy drivers. This might include crash reports where police suggested that drowsiness was a factor, statistical estimates, and surveys of self-reported driving crashes and incidents.
The research is ongoing when it comes to best measuring the impact of driving while drowsy. Many of the approaches to the issue have shown that the traditional ways of measuring the impact of driving drowsy may severely undereistmate its prevalence. Researchers have suggested the existence of any additional cases of driving while sleepy by looking for correlations with associated factors, such as the number of people in the vehicle, driver age, crash day of the week, and crash type.
Avoid becoming a statistic by getting enough rest before you take to the wheel. If you feel at all tired, consider the impact that this may have on your driving. Of course, there will always be instances where driving while tired is your only choice. But hopefully, this post will make you think about the importance of being well rested before getting behind the wheel. It could very well save your life or the life of another in the future.