Drowsy driving occurs any time you get behind the wheel of a truck while feeling sleepy or fatigued. The National Sleep Foundation has found that up to 60% of Americans regularly drive while feeling sleepy, while up to 37% admit to having fallen asleep while behind the wheel of a car or truck. Driving while fatigued can have a dramatic impact on your judgment, reaction times, and safety while on the road, making it an important issue for all truck drivers to understand and avoid.
Drowsy Driving and Accidents
Studies indicate that drowsy driving causes more than 100,000 automobile crashes each year in the United States. Drowsy driving presents many dangers to drivers, including impaired decision-making and diverted attention from the road, as well as a significantly reduced reaction time to changes in road conditions. Furthermore, driving while drowsy can leave you with the same mental impairment as a blood alcohol content of 0.08%, which is the legal limit for driving drunk.
Drowsy Driving and Prevention
Drowsy driving is preventable, but you must realize you are driving while fatigued in order to take steps to change it. The signs of drowsy driving include heavy eyelids or frequent blinking, yawning, daydreaming, trouble remembering the past several minutes, and difficulty controlling your truck. If you notice these signs, it’s essential to pull over and rest, rather than trying to “push through” the fatigue. The longer you drive while drowsy, the greater your risk of falling asleep behind the wheel and causing an accident that could hurt you or others.
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