It’s easy to dismiss drowsy driving as a modern day concern. After
all, it’s rarely in the media and it’s not something we think
about when we think about thing that could go wrong on the road.
However, drowsy driving is a significant cause of crashes. It is a factor
in at least
328,000 accidents every year. These cost up to
$109 billion in lost wages, legal fees, medical bills, and more. That is quite a bit
of time and money to lose just because someone fell asleep at the wheel.
drowsy drivers perform very similarly to drunk ones. In fact, people who haven’t slept in 20 hours drive similarly to
those with a blood alcohol level of 0.08%. That’s high enough to
get a DUI in most places! Clearly, driving drowsy is a bigger problem
that we usually think it is.
How to Avoid Driving Drowsy
If you must drive when you’re tired, make the time to take a caffeine
nap first. Caffeine is a good short-term way to stay awake, though it
won’t help if you are chronically exhausted. Even the best cup of
coffee takes 20-30 minutes to kick in, though. So drink your cuppa, then
take a short nap. When you wake up, you’ll be refreshed enough to
drive for a while.
If you can’t even manage that, consider not driving at all. Sure,
it’s inconvenient to call a cab or an Uber and it might be expensive,
but what is that cost compared to the lives you might save? Be responsible,
suck it up, and let someone else get you where you need to go.
Are you often exhausted behind the wheel? Do some work to get better sleep.
Sure, it can feel impossible if you have an unusual work schedule, suffer
from sleep apnea or another sleep disorder, or struggle with insomnia.
However, nearly everyone can do something to get more sleep.
If you’re not sure where to start, consider your sleep hygiene. Put
yourself on a sleep schedule, so your body knows when to rest and when
to wake. Make sure that your bedroom is conducive to sleep by ensuring
that it is dark, quiet, and free from distraction. Keep all screens out
of your bedroom, as their light can disrupt your rest, too.
You may also want to consider buying a new mattress. Sure, it’s an
investment, but it’s an investment in yourself and your own well-being.
Your driving isn’t the only thing that will improve if you get more,
and better, sleep. Do your research to
find a mattress that supports your body during sleep, so you don’t wake up sore
or with aching pressure points. In the end, your improved sleep will be
worth all of your efforts!
Have you been injured by a drowsy driver? Are you sure you’re getting
the settlement that you deserve? Call the Law Offices of Guerra &
Farah to make sure you are justly compensated for your losses.