Have you ever been driving to work or taking a long car trip and started to yawn, nod your head or feel like your eyelids weigh 20 pounds? While drowsy driving may not seem like a big deal, it can often result in severe and sometimes fatal accidents.
A 2005 poll by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) found that “60% of adult drivers – about 168 million people – say they have driven a vehicle while feeling drowsy in the past year, and more than one-third (37% or 103 million people) have actually fallen asleep at the wheel!” Drowsy driving can affect anyone at any time; we often don’t realize how tired we actually are.
Statistically, those who are more likely to be caught driving drowsy are:
- People who get 5 hours of sleep or fewer per night.
- Young male drivers (ages 17-23)
- Adults with children in their households
- People with sleep disorders, including sleep apnea and acute insomnia
- Commercial drivers and shift workers
- People who are on medications that cause drowsiness
Getting a full night’s rest (at least 6-8 hours) is the best way to avoid driving drowsy. Other precautions include:
- Avoiding alcohol (even a little bit can add to drowsiness)
- Using public transportation if you’re feeling tired
- Talking to a doctor if you’re struggling with restless or interrupted sleep
At Bryant Motors, we want you and your family to stay safe on the road. If you find yourself getting drowsy while driving, take a break—park in a safe place, take a short nap, and drink some coffee or caffeinated soda.
To read more on how to stay safe while driving, check out 7 Tips on How to Avoid a Car Accident in our knowledge center.