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How can drivers avoid drowsiness?

On Behalf of | May 23, 2024 | Auto Accidents |

There are many causes of auto accidents. A drunk driver may not have a clear mind to drive safely. A driver may not avoid a collision in time because of a distraction. Or, a driver may endanger themselves and others through reckless actions, such as speeding or tailgating. 

There is one cause of auto accidents that is often harder to study and that is drowsiness. It is estimated that nearly half of a million people suffer injuries in an accident because of drowsiness. A driver who is drowsy may experience effects similar to drunkenness (poor focus, lack of depth perception and mood changes). The reason drowsy driving is difficult to examine is because adrenaline from a collision can often mask any symptoms of drowsiness. 

Drivers can take proactive steps to fight off drowsiness while driving. This could help reduce the number of drowsy driving auto accidents that happen each year. Here is what drivers should know:

Get 7 hours of sleep

Getting the proper amount of sleep in the night is not only helpful in people’s daily lives but it can also help prevent drowsiness while driving. It is often estimated that 7 hours of sleep is enough for people to function properly. The amount of sleep someone needs is not an exact science, and some people may need more hours of sleep.

Understand the effects of medications 

Certain medications can cause drowsiness. Drivers should read the side effect labels on pill bottles to understand whether they may feel drowsy after taking the medication. Some common, over-the-counter medications such as allergy pills and anti-inflammatory drugs cause drowsiness.

Take frequent breaks

Drivers may need to be aware of highway hypnosis. This phenomenon happens when people drive for long stretches of time and can cause sleepiness, loss of concentration and slow reaction speeds. To combat highway hypnosis, drivers should consider taking frequent breaks. 

If you are in an auto accident, it can help to reach out for legal guidance to learn about your compensation options. 

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