1 out of 25 adult drivers reported falling asleep at least one time while behind the wheel of their car. The idea of other drivers accidentally dozing off while driving at the same time as you is scary.
We all know that being a fatigued driver is never a good idea, but plenty of people do it anyway. Are you curious about how many causes of car accidents are related to distracted driving?
Keep reading to find out some of the dangers of drowsy driving and car accident statistics you should know.
1. A Sleepy Driver Could Fall Asleep
The most obvious danger of driving while fatigued is that you could fall asleep at any moment.
Because so many people zone out while they are driving, falling asleep when you’re tired is easier than you may think. There are many things that may make you tired, including lack of sleep, a busy work schedule, or medical issues.
795 people died in 2017 as a result of drowsy driving. If you’re feeling tired while behind the wheel, you should pull over to avoid harming yourself or others in a car accident.
2. A Fatigued Driver Is More Irritable
People tend to be grumpier and less empathetic when they are tired, so combine that with terrible traffic or bad drivers and you have a recipe for disaster.
Road rage happens when people feel they have been wronged in some way and they want to get back at other drivers. If someone is feeling cranky and is already upset, accidents can happen in the blink of an eye due to reckless choices.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that 33% of traffic accidents caused by driver error were related to road rage behaviors.
3. Tired Drivers Make Impulsive Choices
While an example of this could be road rage behavior, like tailgating another driver, other impulsive decisions made by tired drivers could be just as dangerous.
For example, a driver that suddenly decides to pull off to get food or gas and switches lanes without checking for other vehicles is putting everyone on the road in danger.
A driver that decides they want to shut their eyes for a moment when they think no cars are around could miss the motorcycle driving up on their left and cause an accident.
If you do find yourself making a bad decision that results in a car accident, the good news is that you do have options. Go check out the information in this blog post that can help.
People don’t think as clearly when they are tired and because car accidents can be so serious, it is never a good idea to drive while you’re sleepy.
Drive Smart and Drive Safe
Being on the road with a fatigued driver is frightening enough; don’t be one of those drivers.
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