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Is drowsy driving more risky than you expect?

| Dec 14, 2019 | Injuries

The safety of Ohio roads depends on the drivers using them. Unfortunately, drivers do not always engage in safe driving behavior. Though drivers agree on some behaviors being universally risky, others are innocuous. Drowsy driving often falls under this category.

Many people consider drowsy driving acceptable and even an inevitability. In the fast-paced society we live in, it is common for people to skimp on sleep. Being tired does not mean you can miss school, work or other obligations. This results in exhausted drivers getting behind the wheel when they should be in bed.

Unfortunately, since many drivers consider it unavoidable, they also think that drowsy driving is okay. They likely know plenty of people who have driven while tired and made it to their destination safely. This emboldens them to try the same thing despite the risks.

And there are plenty of risks to be had. Drowsy driving often:

  • Limits your reflexes
  • Lowers your concentration
  • Prevents you from multitasking
  • Keeps you from being able to react to danger in time

This is not even counting drivers who actually fall asleep behind the wheel, which can cause harmful or even lethal crashes. The less control you have over your vehicle, the more dangerous it is to you and other drivers. The fact of the matter is that drowsy driving takes away most of your control.

To read more about car accidents caused by issues like drowsy driving, view our web page on the same topic. You can learn about other dangerous driving behaviors and the penalties convicted drivers may face.