Drivers in California should be getting enough sleep before hitting the road. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen, and it’s becoming more and more of a sticking point as time goes on. Drowsy driving is one of the bigger dangers that isn’t talked about nearly enough.
Driver fatigue is the number one cause of drowsy driving. In short, it simply refers to a situation in which a driver gets behind the wheel despite not having had enough sleep before doing so. This is, unfortunately, a relatively common thing, especially in today’s “hustle” culture. There are even some industries that encourage or at least don’t frown upon their workers operating vehicles when tired, as long as they hit the quotas they are supposed to.
Drowsy driving is quite dangerous, though, and should be treated as such. In fact, people who drive while drowsy are actually shown to have similar reaction times and physical capabilities as drivers who are under the influence or driving while distracted. They have a harder time detecting and reacting to dangers, slower brake speeds, and are more prone to making potentially deadly mistakes. This can include falling prey to road rage and other bursts of emotion that tired drivers cannot easily control. This is perhaps surprising to some, considering how common it is for people to drive even if they aren’t feeling fully rested.
If you would care to read more about the sort of car crashes and other incidents that can potentially be caused by driver fatigue and drowsy driving, consider taking a look at our linked web page here.