There are many reasons why you might be tired while driving. Everything from medications to late nights to young children can affect your ability to be alert and attentive on the road.
But drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Even falling asleep for just 4-5 seconds (called “microsleep”) is enough time to drift into oncoming traffic, into a ditch, or rear-ending another vehicle–to name a few possibilities.
So what are the signs to watch for? How do you know if you’re too tired to drive safely? Here is a list of warning signs to watch out for:
1. Trouble focusing your eyes and mind on the road.
2. Constantly yawning or rubbing your eyes.
3. Burning sensation in your eyes.
4. Feeling unusually restless or irritable while driving.
5. Adjusting the car’s environment–rolling down the windows, turning up the radio volume, turning up the air conditioning.
6. Not remembering the last stretch of road you drove.
7. Missing your turn or exit.
8. Drifting into another lane or onto the shoulder.
9. Nodding off or your head dropping.
10. Driving too closely to other vehicles.
Whether you’re the driver or a passenger, keep these warning signs in mind next time you’re on the road. If you can do so safely, pull over for even a 20-minute nap to recharge your energy and keep you alert. Don’t try to push through the fatigue and risk your own life and others’.
If you’ve been involved in a collision related to drowsy driving, Richard Smith is here to help. For over 30 years, Richard Smith has handled personal injury cases in the Upstate with care and compassion. Call him today at (864) 236-5530 for a free consultation.
Disclaimer: Principle office is located at 1210 Laurens Rd, Greenville, SC 29607. No fee unless the case is settled or won, costs may be excluded.