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What is Drowsy Driving?

While drowsy driving may not sound as serious as other causes of motor vehicle crashes, it can be just as hazardous and deadly as distracted driving and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that 633 people were killed in crashes involving drowsy driving in 2020. But this number may be underestimated, and more than 6,000 deadly accidents yearly may involve drowsy driving.

Not having adequate sleep can significantly impact your judgment, ability to concentrate, and reaction time, which can be particularly dangerous, even deadly, when you’re driving. Whether you are just heading across town or embarking on a road trip, here are some simple tips to avoid drowsy driving.

How You Can Avoid Drowsy Driving and Ensure Your Safety On The Road

An Important Note on Caffeine

Consuming caffeine is not a substitute for sleep. While it helps keep drowsiness at bay, the boost it provides will eventually wear off. You can also consider taking a quick nap after consuming caffeine to give your body time to absorb it.

Reach Out to an Experienced Tampa Car Accident Attorney Today

Put simply, tired and drowsy drivers have delayed reaction times and compromised judgment, which increases their risk of getting into a crash. Besides putting themselves at risk, they are also risking the lives of other people on the road. If you’ve been injured in a car crash due to drowsy driving, contact the Tampa car accident attorney at Mickey Keenan, PA, and arrange your case evaluation by calling 813-871-1300 or completing our online form.