Louisiana drivers understand that some driving behaviors are dangerous. But do you know where the hidden risks are? Do you know which behaviors are more dangerous than others?
Today we will answer that question. We will look at drowsy driving in specific. We will examine the related statistics. We will see how dangerous this driving behavior is.
The true risk of drowsy driving
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discuss the problems drowsy driving causes. They start by mentioning that 1 in 25 drivers admit to falling asleep while driving in a 30 day period. An even higher number report driving while feeling tired.
When crash statistics break down, drowsy driving also features there. For example, up to 6,000 fatal crashes occurred due to drowsy driving in 2013. Some studies believe these numbers have only grown over the years. Let us set aside fatalities. Drowsy drivers were still reportedly behind 72,000 crashes in total.
Dangerous distracted driving behaviors
Drowsy driving is comparable to texting while driving. All distracted driving behaviors come with the same risks. For example, drivers have slower reaction times. They cannot predict dangers well. They do not foresee problems. They cannot act fast if a situation calls for it. This is why drowsy driving results in so many crashes.
Finally, let us look at a unique risk factor. Drowsy driving is somewhat acceptable as a dangerous driving behavior. As shown above, many people admit to falling asleep at the wheel. Many more admit to driving while tired. It is not seen as a “big deal”. The sooner people recognize that it is, the safer the roads are for everyone.