Everyone is vulnerable to a lack of sleep. Unfortunately, a lack of sleep often leads to drowsy driving, which can have dangerous and deadly consequences. In fact, around 1.2 million accidents are caused because of drowsy driving every year. Texas drivers may be interested in learning what they can do to avoid this danger.
Adults need seven to eight hours of sleep every night in order be healthy and ready to get behind the wheel. Even if a person sleeps this much each night, it is important for drivers to be aware that there are certain times of the day when people are more likely to feel sleepy. This includes the periods of time from midnight to 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
There are signs a person can look for that would indicate they are drowsy. If a person does not know how far they have traveled or which landmarks they have passed, this indicates they are tired. If a driver has a hard time keeping their head up, they yawn frequently, they rub their eyes, or they spend time daydreaming while behind the wheel, this indicates that sleep is necessary.
While on a long road trip, a person may be tempted to get a caffeinated beverage, turn up the AC or roll down the window in order to stave off drowsiness. It is good to take a break every two hours when on a long road trip. Moving around a bit and taking a brisk walk can boost a person’s natural energy. However, it is only sleep that will remedy drowsiness.
Drowsy and distracted driving can lead to serious car accidents. An individual who has been the victim of a car accident may want to discuss their situation with an attorney. The attorney may be able to answer questions about getting compensation for medical expenses and pain and suffering.