Drowsy driving is dangerous for many reasons. You have less control over your actions when you are tired, and your reaction time is slow. You also have a harder time paying attention and lack of sleep can even contribute to aggressive driving behavior, such as speeding or tailgating other vehicles.
In Georgia, most car accidents involving drowsy driving occur on rural roads, although drowsy driving accidents can happen on major highways, as well.
You can take some steps to prevent drowsy driving or reduce your chance of an accident if you must drive on little sleep.
Most people can sense when they are too tired to drive. Do not make the trip if you are too tired or know you did not get enough sleep the night before. Find an alternative way to travel or change your plans if possible.
Staying awake when driving
Realistically, sometimes you must drive when you are tired. Stay hydrated and use caffeine to stay alert, but do not become overly caffeinated. One cup of coffee is generally enough to keep you awake.
Pay extra attention to your surroundings and follow all traffic laws. If you become too tired, pull over to a safe place and take a quick nap. A 15-minute nap can refresh you enough to finish your trip.
Following this advice can help you avoid being a drowsy driver and reduce your risk of a car accident.