Beware of Drowsy Driving. Are you aware that many drivers out there have not had a good nights sleep or could use a nap. I can remember as a child my dad having many wrecks because of the hours he would work and spend driving in the car. If you are not aware some of the signs of drowsy driving are:
- Difficulty focusing, frequent blinking or heavy eyelids;
- Daydreaming or wandering thoughts;
- Trouble remembering the last few miles driven;
- Yawning repeatedly or rubbing your eyes;
- Trouble keeping your head up;
- Drifting from your lane, tailgating, or hitting a shoulder rumble strip;
- Feeling restless and irritable.
There are a few that will be more suspectible to drive drowsy than others. Statistics have shown that these include
- Young people, especially males under age 26;
- Shift workers. Working the night shift increases your risk by nearly 6 times;
- Commercial drivers. At least 15% of all heavy truck crashes involve fatigue;
- Business travelers who spend many hours driving or may be jet lagged;
- People with undiagnosed or untreated disorders. People with untreated obstructive sleep apnea have been shown to have up to seven times increased risk of falling asleep at the wheel.