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The Dangers of Sleepy Drivers

March 24, 2014


The Dangers of Sleepy Drivers

We all know that drinking and driving is an absolute no-no, but did you know that sleepy drivers are almost as dangerous? Attempting to drive when you are sleepy will result in a reduced reaction time, inability to concentrate and the possibility of losing control while driving! While young people are more likely to drive drowsy, it is something that people of all ages do, with devastating consequences. According to statistics from Arrive Alive, almost 20% of road deaths are caused by sleepy drivers.

According to The Sleep Foundation, these are warning signs that you should stop and rest if you are driving:

  • Difficulty focusing, blurred vision or heavy eyelids

  • Inability to concentrate, disconnected and wandering thoughts

  • Difficulty recalling the last few kilometers

  • Drifting across lanes or being unable to drive in a straight lines

While it might be tempting to use stimulants such as coffee or energy drinks to stay awake on a long trip, these can have a negative effect on your health. If you need a quick pick-me-up, have a strong cup of coffee, but do not rely on it to keep you awake. It is only a temporary stopgap and you should get some sleep as soon as possible.

It is not always possible to pull over and grab a quick nap, so it is essential that road trips are planned carefully with set stops along the way. Avoid driving for more than a few hours at a stretch and take frequent stretch stops. This will not only help you to focused, but it can also help prevent health problems caused by sitting in the same position for hours.

We all know that drinking and driving is an absolute no-no, but did you know that sleepy drivers are almost as dangerous? Attempting to drive when you are sleepy will result in a reduced reaction time, inability to concentrate and the possibility of losing control while driving! While young people are more likely to drive drowsy, it is something that people of all ages do, with devastating consequences. According to statistics from Arrive Alive, almost 20% of road deaths are caused by sleepy drivers.


 According to The Sleep Foundation, these are warning signs that you should stop and rest if you are driving:

  • Difficulty focusing, blurred vision or heavy eyelids

  • Inability to concentrate, disconnected and wandering thoughts

  • Difficulty recalling the last few kilometers

  • Drifting across lanes or being unable to drive in a straight lines


While it might be tempting to use stimulants such as coffee or energy drinks to stay awake on a long trip, these can have a negative effect on your health. If you need a quick pick-me-up, have a strong cup of coffee, but do not rely on it to keep you awake. It is only a temporary stopgap and you should get some sleep as soon as possible.


It is not always possible to pull over and grab a quick nap, so it is essential that road trips are planned carefully with set stops along the way. Avoid driving for more than a few hours at a stretch and take frequent stretch stops. This will not only help you to focused, but it can also help prevent health problems caused by sitting in the same position for hours.

IF YOU ARE FEELING TIRED, STOP DRIVING!


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