Drowsy Driving - A Collision Waiting to Happen

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Drowsy Driving - A Collision Waiting to Happen
Written By: Josh Lowell ~ 11/11/2019

Distracted and drunk driving may get most of the headlines with crackdowns on texting and drinking behind the wheel but driving while tired can be just as dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cites that there are over 100,000 auto collisions involving drowsing driving every year at a cost of more than $12.5 billion. Paying attention to the warning signs of driving while drowsy and taking the proper precautions can help prevent you from becoming another statistic.

BLOGPOST_DrowsyDriver11112019.JPGOne poor night of sleep can lead to a drowsy commute. Those with sleep disorders like sleep apnea and narcolepsy should pay extra attention. Similarly, young men and those who work night or rotating shifts tend to have the highest risk of falling asleep at the wheel. If you find yourself with any of the following warning signs, you should consider pulling off the road for a short rest or calling someone to pick you up:

  • Trouble keeping your head elevated;
  • Yawning;
  • Losing your route;
  • Drifting in your lane;
  • Driving close to or too far from other cars; and
  • Having trouble keeping your eyes open.

Your first reaction might be to blast the stereo or open the windows. Studies show that these fabled fixes will do little in the end to help you stay awake. Instead, take proper precautions, including:

  • Using caffeine as a short-term boost;
  • Drive with another passenger to keep you engaged;
  • Drive during the day;
  • Take a short nap before driving; and
  • Share the driving with another passenger.

Ultimately, if you find yourself nodding off during your commute, the safest thing to do is pull off to the side of the road or at the nearest safe exit to take a break. Even a short power nap can provide enough rejuvenation to help you finish your drive. Taking these precautions or avoiding tired driving altogether will lead to safer roads for everyone. If you’ve ended up the victim of a drowsy driver, make sure you contact an experienced team of attorneys to help you navigate the pitfalls of the insurance process. At Magnuson Lowell PS, we pride ourselves on educating our clients to allow them to make the right choice for them. Call today for a free consultation.

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