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Being Tired Can be More Dangerous than Drinking

30 Mar Blog | Comments

Most people are well aware that drinking and driving do not mix very well together. What many people do not realize is that there is a bigger danger out there. Driving while you are tired can actually be much more dangerous than drinking and driving.

Don’t misunderstand both are very dangerous and a person should not do either. What this article is trying to do is draw attention to the fact that driving while drowsy is just as, if not more, dangerous than drinking and driving.

When a person is drowsy it affects his or her whole body. It will effect several different areas in particular. It first slows down your reaction time. A person’s reaction time can be the difference between a car accident and getting home. If the person in front of you slams on his or her brakes you need to be able to react and keep yourself from sliding into the back end of their car.

It also effects your ability to pay attention. Driving requires a person to be very aware of what is going on around him/her. The person must know what the car next to them is doing. When a person is drowsy he or she has a much harder time staying focused on the road. If a person is not focusing on the road they may not see the car in the next lane moving over. Or the person may not see the light changing up ahead.

Finally, driving while drowsy will also slow your brain down. This effect on your body just makes everything go slower. It slows down your ability to make quick decisions and making quick decisions is very important when driving.

Understanding how dangerous driving while drowsy is very important. When you want to push that last 100 miles to get to Florida you remember it is better to take a little longer than to end up in a car accident or worse. Always try to drive with more than one driver in the car. If you are able to take turns you can allow your body time to recharge because it doesn’t’ have to pay such careful attention in the passenger’s seat. Plus it will hopefully allow you to nap.

If you are not able to take turns with another driver, schedule planned stops. Stop to eat, stop to get gas, stop to sight see, but make sure you stop and get out of the car.  By stopping, frequently you will be able to stretch, get a drink, etc… and keep yourself focused. You should also set up hotels along the way. If you already have them set up you are more likely to stop instead of trying to push through to your destination.

Drinking and driving is a big no, no. It is not smart to drink and drive. Driving drowsy is also a no, no. Driving when you are tired is going to slow your reaction time, slow down your ability to make quick decisions and it will affect your attention span.

 

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