Tennessee drivers understand that driving under the influence is punishable by law. These days, many forms of distracted driving are, too. But what about drowsy driving?
Many laws do not address drowsy driving behaviors. Despite that, drowsy driving is a dangerous driving behavior. In fact, some studies show that it is as risky as distracted or drunk driving. Today we will take a closer look at this.
Behaviors of drowsy drivers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discuss the dangers particular to drowsy driving. They relate to dangers often associated with other risky driving behaviors. For example, drowsy drivers have slower reaction times. They have more trouble identifying risks. They cannot plan ahead well. This means they have a hard time predicting dangerous situations.
There is the risk they may fall asleep at the wheel. That means their responses are not only diminished. Rather than that, they do not exist. Being asleep for a few seconds can lead to catastrophic wrecks.
The acceptance of drowsy driving
On top of that, drowsy driving has a threatening element. This is the fact that drowsy driving still lacks a stigma. Other forms of dangerous driving have many campaigns pointing out their dangers. Everyone knows drunk driving is not safe. Distracted driving, especially texting and driving, will soon catch up. But people still find drowsy driving acceptable and even normal.
Unfortunately, these statistics may not improve until the act earns harsh penalties. It is important for drivers to understand that this is a serious risk. No one should drive without enough sleep. The sooner drivers understand this, the safer the roads become.