One problem with drowsy driving is that people simply don’t understand just how dangerous it is. Every year there are 100,000 crashes that can be attributed to drowsy driving. Of those crashes, 71,000 people will sustain injuries and 1,550 people will lose their lives (NHTSA).
So what happens when you get drowsy behind the wheel? The effect mimics the effects of alcohol consumption. Your reaction times start to slow down and it becomes more difficult for your mind to process what’s happening. And that’s only when you get less than six hours’ sleep.
What should you do to avoid the dangers of drowsy driving? The best approach is a preventative approach. If you are tired, don’t drive. It is that simple.
Sometimes, it’s unavoidable or it comes on by surprise. On long trips, we are apt to push through even if we are getting tired. In those cases, try pulling over to take a 15-20 minute nap. If you must, drink some coffee or an energy drink. Just know that these beverages might cause you your energy level to plummet dramatically and suddenly.
We at Gossett VW want you to stay safe behind the wheel, even if that means taking a break from being behind the wheel!