You may experience it regularly, or it may not happen very often, but everyone has a time when they get behind the wheel feeling less alert than usual. Whether you had a long day at work or are running on less sleep, there may be times when you need to get where you are going but do not have the energy to drive safely.
As you make your way down the road, you may also see others struggling to stay awake behind the wheel. No matter who is struggling to keep their eyes open, drowsy driving can be a significant issue for staying safe.
Here’s what you should know about drowsy driving and how you can stay safe on the road.
Knowing when you need help
One of the best ways to keep the roads safe is knowing when you are too tired to drive. It can be tempting to think you can overcome being overtired so you can get where you need to go, but if you are too sleepy, you may need to ask for help.
If you are having difficulty staying awake but need to get home, you may need to find an alternative ride. While it can be cumbersome to coordinate getting your car home, getting a ride from a loved one or a rideshare service can help you prevent an accident.
Recognizing drowsy driving
You may be alert enough to drive, but others on the road are often struggling to stay awake. While you are driving, you should watch for signs that other drivers are overtired, such as:
- Having trouble staying in their lane
- Experiencing difficulty maintaining their speed
- Making sudden, unexpected turns
When you notice that someone may be a drowsy driver, try to give them plenty of space. If someone is excessively tired, they will likely have delayed reactions, and extra space can give them more time to react.
Drowsy driving is a significant cause of car accidents every year. When you take the time to get a safe ride home and give tired drivers extra space, you can help prevent accidents on the road.