The dangers of driving while fatigued

Oklahoma drivers who get behind the wheel when they are fatigued can face a multitude of consequences, including citations or injuries. Driving while sleepy can be especially dangerous in the winter months when road conditions can be treacherous.

When a person is overly tired, he or she behaves much the same way as he or she would while intoxicated. Reaction time, awareness and judgment are all diminished as much as they are when a person is under the effect of drugs or alcohol. By following the tips below, drivers can avoid getting into accidents.

Ways to avoid driving while fatigued

Remaining alert and focused is the best way to minimize your chances of being involved in motor vehicle accidents. If your trip is planned, the following tips can help you avoid becoming drowsy.

  • Get at least six hours of sleep the night before.
  • Take a break every few hours.
  • Travel with someone else.
  • Do not work all day and travel long distances after.
  • Drive at times you would normally be awake instead of trying to make it without stopping.
  • Drink caffeinated beverages.

How to know when you are too sleepy to drive

If you are already on the road and find yourself becoming drowsy, it is a good idea to pull over. Signs you should stop driving include:

  • You have forgotten how far you traveled.
  • Your vision is becoming blurry.
  • You drift off the road or miss your exit.
  • You yawn frequently, and your head droops.

The aftermath

If you are involved in a car accident that a drowsy driver caused, it may be a good idea to contact an attorney who is versed in injury law.

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