It is not uncommon for a person to need to drive late at night or early in the morning. They may be tired and perhaps are not in a position to drive safely. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we want everyone to know that driving while drowsy can actually be just as dangerous as driving while drunk.
In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every 25 drivers have fallen asleep while driving in just the last month alone. Falling asleep while driving is a recipe for a car accident. Keep reading to find out how a person can stay safer while driving when tired. Then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you have been injured in a car accident in which the at-fault driver was tired.
Take a nap
Get plenty of sleep the night before
Skip the caffeine and stick with water
While we understand that people want to find a way to be more awake instantly, the truth is that if you want to truly be rested and safe to drive, taking a nap can have a huge impact. If you are already in route to your destination, pull off at a rest stop and take just a 30 minute nap to see a huge difference in your level of alertness. Once you’ve taken a slight cat nap, get out and walk around for ten minutes to get your blood flowing.
If you are planning a long trip during which you think you will be tired while driving, we suggest focusing more on getting plenty of sleep the night before. The better rested you are, the better you will be able to drive and the longer you can do so safely without a break.
The common suggestion when it comes to finding ways to stay awake is to chug coffee or other high-caffeine beverages. The reality is that while caffeine can have an impact on your level of focus, it can also dehydrate you. Being even a little bit dehydrated can cause drowsiness, which is why we suggest skipping the coffee and drinking plenty of water. Some studies show that a few glasses of water and a banana can be more energizing than coffee.
Have you been affected by the decisions of a drowsy driver?
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a drowsy driver getting behind the wheel, then you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we are standing by to give you a free legal consultation. Just call us at 800-333-0000 to learn more about the process to get started.