Recent studies indicate that fatigue is a major contributing factor of serious accidents, with about 20% of fatal road accidents attributable to driver fatigue. In 2013, drowsy driving was responsible for an estimated 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries, and 800 deaths globally. These statistics are not surprising when you consider that according to a recent report, 60% of adults admitted to driving while tired, while 37% admitted to have fallen asleep behind the wheel.
Drowsy or fatigued driving is dangerous as it slows reaction times, impairs information processing and reduces vigilance. While driving while drowsy is not illegal, it can have devastating consequences for yourself and other road users.
There are several reasons why people fall sleep behind the wheel:
An easy way to avoid drowsiness is to “power nap” for 30 minutes to an hour before embarking on a long trip, or in between the trip. However, before taking this nap, make sure that you are parked in a safe location.
Additionally, there are also numerous ways that you can prevent fatigue while driving:
So, remember to take all of this advice into account and if you feel a little drowsy, don’t risk getting behind the wheel; it’s not worth it
Stay safe on the road!