According to an estimate by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving caused 44,000 injuries in 2013. When drivers don’t get enough sleep, they impair their ability to react quickly. This impairment puts others at risk of severe injury or death.
As you drive on Arizona roads, you can help prevent crashes by avoiding drowsy driving. Here are a few tips you can use to avoid being sleepy when you drive:
- Get some sleep – You need a minimum of seven hours of sleep every night. The less sleep you get, the slower your reaction time. A lack of sleep can also change your mood and affect your ability to think and reason.
- Travel with an alert passenger – If you have a long trip, a passenger can help keep you awake. A passenger may also be able to drive for a while if you start to get too sleepy.
- Stop and sleep – If you find yourself falling asleep at the wheel, pull over immediately. Even a 20 or 30-minute nap can increase your alertness and reaction time.
- Drink coffee or other caffeinated beverage – Caffeine can make you feel more awake and increase your alertness.
- Try not to drive at night – When you drive during times you’re normally asleep, your body will want to shut down. Try to drive only when you’re normally awake.
Drowsy driving causes dangers
Drowsy driving can cause danger on Arizona roads. Drowsy drivers can swerve into the wrong lane, fail to stop at intersections or rear-end other cars.
By making sure you only drive when well-rested, you can reduce the danger of drowsy driving.