Fatigue & Sleepiness
Many of us have experienced fatigue and/or sleepiness while driving. It might occur when driving after lunch or on a long trip. It could be caused from lack of sleep, or inadequate sleep over a period of time. Too much physical activity can also tire you out. Stress can cause you to feel fatigued.
It’s a common thinking that in our fast-paced lives no one has time to pull-over and have rest but deciding to drive while tired or sleepy places yourself and others at great risk for a very serious accident.
Whatever is the cause, being sleepy or fatigued while driving is more dangerous than you think.
Most people believe that turning up the radio or rolling down a window will keep them alert and awake. This is not true. Chewing gum, eating, or drinks will not relieve your fatigue. We have very little control over the onset of sleep. Studies prove that people have a limited ability to predict the onset of sleep, even if we think we do. Consequently, many people choose to ignore the signals that sleep is needed. They continue their trip believing they will make it to their destination safely.
Your body will tell you when you are sleepy. Do not ignore the following warning signs:
Signs of Sleepiness
- A drowsy, relaxed feeling
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty keeping your eyes open
- Head nodding
- Excessive yawning
- Repeatedly drifting out of your lane
Who Is at Risk?
Everybody is at risk of collisions because of fatigue, especially:
- Commercial drivers
- Shift-workers with alternate shifts
- People on monotonous drives
Keep reading and have safe drive. till next time…