You likely already understand the risks of using a cellphone while driving but driving while drowsy can be just as dangerous. And many people underestimate the effects drowsy driving can have on their ability to drive safely.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2019, 697 people in the U.S. died in car accidents related to drowsy driving. Drowsy driving is a preventable problem that threatens drivers and passengers on the road every day, and there are many myths that surround this issue.
1. Caffeine can help you stay alert
You may think that when you feel tired behind the wheel, drinking a caffeinated beverage can help you stay awake. Although this can provide a short-term solution, the only way to prevent a drowsy driving car accident is to stop and take a nap.
2. Safe drivers do not have to worry about drowsiness
If you view yourself as a safe driver, you may think that even if you are a little bit tired, you will not succumb to the effects of drowsy driving. However, every driver, no matter their driving history, is at risk for drowsy driving.
3. You can control when you fall asleep
You may believe that you can maintain control over when you fall asleep. But if you are extremely tired, you could fall asleep behind the wheel without even realizing it.
Although you can avoid drowsy driving, you cannot control the actions of other drivers. If you sustained injuries in an accident caused by a negligent driver, you may be eligible for compensation to recover from the collision.