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Listening to your body while behind the wheel

On Behalf of | Apr 19, 2022 | Distracted Driving |

While in Georgia, driving a vehicle when you’re sleepy is considered drowsy driving. This is a situation that can impact anyone who is driving and tends to increase the risk of an accident occurring on the road. If you happen to doze off for even a few seconds, it could result in veering off the side of the road or into the oncoming lane of traffic.

Causes

There are a few common reasons why drowsy driving occurs and why it can be a form of distracted driving as you’re not paying attention to the road in front of you. The most common cause is sleep deprivation. This occurs when you simply don’t get enough sleep before getting behind the wheel of the car. Sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, can be a factor as well. If you drink alcohol, then it could result in dozing off when you’re driving or if you partake in other illegal substances. Driving at night can sometimes increase the chance of falling asleep or closing your eyes when you’re driving.

Signs that you need to rest

If you begin to frequently yawn while behind the wheel, then it could be an indication that you should find somewhere to stop and rest for at least a short time. Your eyes could become heavy, or you could notice increased blinking. This is a sign that your body could be trying to fall asleep, which could result in not staying on the road and causing an accident that could result in another driver being injured.

Before getting behind the wheel, pay attention to your body and some of the activities that you take part in that could result in drowsy driving.