We’ve all seen the news and heard the horror stories- for a lot of people, a car will be the most dangerous weapon they will ever operate during their lifetime. While the effects of drug and alcohol on a driver are discussed on a regular basis, driving when you’re sleep deprived can be equally dangerous.
The National Sleep Foundation estimates that every year, at least 100,000 police-reported crashes are the result of driver fatigue.This results in 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in monetary losses. These figures are underestimated, since it is often difficult to determine driver fatigue in car accidents. Unlike the breathalyzer test for intoxication, there is no scientific way to conclude fatigue.
While not driving when you’re drowsy may seem like a no brainer, just like you would hope that someone who’s had too much to drink wouldn’t drive, many people have a hard time judging themselves and their capability when driving tired. If you’re unsure about your level of fatigue and if you should be driving, ask yourself these questions, courtesy of Health Guidance.
To prevent sleep deprivation before it starts and causes you problems on the road, here are a few tips to getting a better night’s sleep before getting behind the wheel.
Try to recognize the signs of fatigue before you get behind the wheel, and always remember, a good day starts with a good night of sleep!
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