Do You Know These 4 Myths about Drowsy Driving?
Most of us who drive regularly can admit to occasionally driving while tired. You’ve probably had this experience at least once, as it is easy for fatigue to sneak up on you, especially on a long trip. As such, there are a lot of myths regarding the best ways to beat tiredness when on the road. Here are four of these misconceptions and the truth behind them.
#1: Coffee – or other stimulants – will provide the necessary energy to keep me going.
In actuality, coffee often creates a dangerous trap for sleepy drivers. You may temporarily benefit from a cup of joe, but it wears off more quickly than you might think. The slump after the caffeine wears off leaves you even less prepared to deal with exhaustion. This leads to many accidents.
#2: I’ll just make frequent, short stops.
This also simply masks the real issue. You’re still quite likely to fall asleep or respond too slowly while driving even after a short break.
#3: Fresh air or loud music will keep me awake.
Again, these techniques might make you feel a bit better, but it is very temporary. They could also distract you at a time when you need to be as focused as possible.
#4: I’m young and need less sleep.
Unfortunately, the opposite is true. Younger individuals actually need more sleep than older people. In fact, those who are 25 and under are more likely to cause an accident by driving while fatigued.
Of course, no matter how vigilant you are about making sure you drive safely, another driver could put your life at risk if he or she drives while tired. If you or a loved one has been injured by a fatigued driver, call 800-242-2874 to speak with a knowledgeable Madison auto accident attorney of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today.