Drowsy driving is a serious problem and is second only to alcohol as the leading cause of motor vehicle collisions. As many as 26% of collisions on highways each year are due to driver fatigue. Those most at risk for fatigue-related collisions are youth under the age of 25 years and shift workers.
- Driving after 18 hours of being awake is equal to a blood alcohol level just under the legal limit.
- After being awake all night, driving is as bad as a blood alcohol level that is considered legally drunk.
Recognize the signs of drowsy driving
- feeling sleepy
- head nodding
- eyes drooping or feeling heavy
- eye rubbing
- not paying attention
- missing exits
- drifting out of your lane
What should you do if you feel drowsy behind the wheel?
The only effective way to deal with drowsy driving is to stop driving and sleep. Drinking caffeine and taking a nap can temporarily help you feel more awake, but only for a few hours. The best way to combat drowsy driving is to prevent it. Make sure to get a good night sleep before a long trip and plan ahead for enough break stops, about every 2 to 3 hours.
This item was last modified on July 25, 2017