Daylight saving time just ended this weekend, and drivers may feel more effects than an extra hour of sleep on Saturday evening. There is a strong likelihood that they find themselves struggling on the road.
According to Healthline, fatal car accidents increase by 6% the week following daylight saving time due to sleep deprivation. Many drivers risk drowsy driving because they are adjusting to the time difference and sleep disturbances.
Why is drowsy driving so dangerous?
While most people do not see the harm behind a sleepy driver, there is research to prove that drowsy driving is almost as dangerous as drunk driving.
Many experts say both drowsy and drunk driving negatively affect how your attention span, your ability to make decisions and properly assess potential hazards. Luckily, drowsy driving is just as easy to avoid as intoxicated driving. A few tips to avoid it include:
- Avoid prescriptions that cause fatigue or drowsiness.
- Make sure to get a full night’s sleep before any commute.
- Do not drive late at night or early in the morning unless it’s necessary.
- Try to eat and drink water before you hit the road.
- Have a friend or family member drive if you’re too tired.
- Carpool if you are still going into the office.
If none of these tips work for you, you need to reconsider a strategy where you can drive to any area without relying on coffee or caffeine to keep you awake. And if you ever feel yourself falling asleep behind the wheel, make sure to pull over safely and sleep if necessary.