According to the most recent statistics, drowsy driving attributes to 21 per cent of motor vehicle collisions, causing about 400 deaths and 2,100 injuries every year. It is the third highest cause of auto accidents, making up 21 per cent of the total, behind driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding or aggressive driving.
These sobering statistics show the importance of remaining alert and well-rested while behind the wheel. Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as impaired driving, often leading to devastating injuries and deaths from accidents.
The best way to prevent driving while fatigued is to know the signs of fatigue and to follow a few important tips to make sure you never drive while tired.
Know the Signs of Fatigue
These can include:
- Loss of concentration
- Sore or tired eyes
- Difficulty keeping your eyes open
- Drifting in and out of your lane
- Missing road signs
- Slow reactions
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty remembering the last few miles driven
Tips to Avoid Drowsy Driving
According to the Canada Safety Council, there are a few tips you can follow to avoid drowsy driving:
- Only drive when you are well-rested. No matter when or where you are driving, never get behind the while fatigued.
- Keep your mind alert. Listen to talk shows or energizing music, bring a passenger or two along for the ride, and do not get too comfortable in one position for too long.
- Stop in a safe place. If you are traveling long distances, take frequent breaks every couple of hours to exercise or stretch.
- Be aware of what you eat and drink. Coffee, energy drinks and other stimulants may wake you up and give you energy for a short period, but they do not ensure mental alertness. Instead, choose drinks and food low in sugar.
If you or someone you love is ever injured by a drowsy driver, the auto accident lawyers at Greg Monforton & Partners can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact an injury lawyer today to schedule a free consultation.