Fatigued driving is a significant issue because it can lead to catastrophic crashes. The holiday season increases the danger of this happening because many more vehicles are on the roads.
Anyone driving this holiday season must ensure they aren’t too tired.
1: Microsleeps are a primary concern
While most people think that lack of sleep is the only cause of fatigue, there are also others. Think about how tired you get after you eat a big bowl of gumbo or jambalaya. If you try to drive when you’re that fatigued, there’s a good chance you’ll suffer from microsleeps, which essentially leave your vehicle moving uncontrolled until you’re awake and aware of what’s happening again.
2: Effects can be like drunk driving
The effects of fatigue on a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle are similar to those of alcohol intoxication. You may find that your ability to multitask is reduced and your reaction time is much slower.
3: No quick fixes
There aren’t any quick fixes for fatigue. Common methods of remaining awake, such as having coffee or rolling down the windows, will work temporarily. These should be used just long enough for you to get to a safe place to get some sleep or change drivers. Trying to use these as long-term solutions can lead to serious crashes.
Even if you ensure you’re well-rested before you get behind the wheel, you may still become the victim of a fatigued driving crash because of the actions of another driver. These injuries may require immediate medical care. You may opt to pursue a claim for compensation to help offset the considerable costs associated with the wreck.