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Is driving drowsy an actual problem?

On Behalf of | Feb 25, 2023 | Car Accidents

When drivers hit the road, they have a strong understanding that distractions can and often do lead to potentially fatal consequences.

However, most people do not understand exactly what counts as a distraction. For example, drowsy driving is one of the most dangerous distractions out there.

The view on drowsy driving

The CDC discusses the impact of drowsiness on drivers. Drowsiness actually has a similar effect on a person’s senses as intoxication. In fact, just some of these similarities include slowed reflexes, trouble with concentration and a harder time spotting dangers.

However, people often treat driving drowsy as a mere fact of life and an unavoidable part of getting to work or school on time. Compare this to texting while driving or intoxicated driving, both of which have notable campaigns of awareness to highlight the dangers associated with the acts.

A still misunderstood danger

These days, more people put effort into making the dangers of drowsy driving known, but it is still something that many people participate in.

Unfortunately, this is because many people can drive while drowsy plenty of times before they ever have even one problem. It is similar to intoxicated driving, where a driver will hit the road under the influence while feeling secure because they have done it before and nothing ever happened.

However, it only takes one time for an accident to ruin or end a person’s life. When a driver hits the road while exhausted, they take not only their own life into their hands, but the lives of those around them.