Why Drowsy Driving Increases The Risk of Accidents
Many drivers believe that they have what it takes to drive for a long period of time. However, it is somewhere around the 200th mile that they realize that driving is not as easy as it seemed. In fact, it is extremely exhausting as it requires a lot of your focus and energy.
Even the smallest accident could be your last one.
There are several reasons why accidents occur while on the road. One of the main reasons is drowsiness and lack of sleep. Here is why drowsy driving increases the risk of getting involved in a car accident.
One thing that is in direct connection with the lack of sleep is your focus. If you have not slept recently, your brain went in the “overdrive” mode, allowing your body to keep moving and keeping you awake, but at a great cost. At one point, you start losing focus. You believe that you are able to remain focused, but in reality, you have less and less focus as time goes by. Before you know it, you could end up in a car accident because “you did not see” the car in front of you.
If you were well-rested, you would have probably seen the car and reacted on time. Our car accident lawyers in Virginia have been dealing with car accidents for years. They always advise drivers, especially younger ones to rest before driving for a long period of time or to rest in between the stops. That way, the chances of getting involved in a car accident are significantly lower.
Remember to Eat and Hydrate
Most drivers burn calories at a high rate. Therefore, they are required to eat and drink regularly. Believe it or not, but there is a whole science behind eating while driving. You see, eating too much could make you feel tired, but eating too little could make you feel hungry and therefore, distracted while driving.
You have to find a balance between overeating and eating a little bit. At the same time, you have to drink a lot of water, caffeine (but not too much) and be sure that you are well hydrated. A cup of coffee will always give you a boost, but so will sugar and other types of energy.
Remember that the only safe and healthy way of getting the boost that you need is through good sleep.
No Alcohol or Drugs
Two things are forbidden while driving: alcohol and drugs. Consuming any of the two will definitely increase your chances of getting involved in an accident. If you are pulled over with any of these two substances in your blood, you risk losing your driver’s license, getting it suspended, and/or having to pay certain fees and penalties.
The worst thing that could happen is you getting involved in a car accident, and obtaining potentially life-changing injuries. Attorneys could help you file a claim against the party responsible for causing the accident, as long as you were sober at the time of the accident and under no drugs.
Give attorneys a call, and see what they can do for you following an accident.