Mar 14

Drowsy Driving – Make Sure You Are Awake at the Wheel

Drowsy Driving

Falling asleep at the wheel could be dangerous to more people other than yourself.

Have you ever been driving your car and felt yourself nodding off, only to jerk your head up and swerve into the lane next to you? Well, that is pure luck that nothing else happened in that split second. Drowsy driving is a very dangerous thing to mess with, so make sure you are wide awake when getting behind the wheel.

According the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “Drowsy driving causes more than 100,00 crashes in a year, resulting in 40,000 injuries and 1,500 deaths.” That is an astronomical number!

That isn’t the only statistic we have for you, either. A study was announced on Fox & Friends that had a subject sleep-deprive himself and then get behind the wheel in a controlled environment. In that experiment it was revealed that it took the subject, Clayton Morris, only 15-20 to start being unable to operate functionally. He was having trouble staying at 35 mph and throughout the entire 70 minute experiment he showed 24 signs of diminished driving ability.

Drowsy driving is not something to mess with. If you are feeling tired, then don’t get behind the wheel. In order to make sure you are properly prepared for a drive: get enough sleep, give yourself time to wake up in the morning before you drive, and don’t drive for extended amounts of time.

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