In many ways, fatigued driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving. It isn’t uncommon for tired drivers to have trouble judging their speed, maintaining an adequate following distance or staying in their lane while driving on a Texas highway. You may also have trouble processing information, which can increase your risk of getting into an accident.
How much sleep do you need?
A typical adult needs at least seven hours of sleep over a period of 24 hours to properly function while awake. Those who attempt to drive after staying awake for more than 24 straight hours have a similar level of impairment to those who have a blood alcohol content of .10%. This is more than the legal limit in all 50 states.
The common signs of fatigue
You may be too tired to drive if you struggle to keep your eyes open for more than a few seconds at a time. Excessive yawning is another sign that you may be too tired to safely operate a motor vehicle. Finally, if you are struggling to remember where you are, it may be a good idea to pull to the side of the road for a quick nap. A motor vehicle accident attorney may be able to help you obtain compensation if you’re involved in a crash caused by a sleepy motorist.
Who is most susceptible to fatigued driving?
College students, those who work irregular hours and individuals who take medications are among the most likely to drive while tired. If you feel tired after sleeping for at least seven consecutive hours, you may have an undisclosed sleep disorder. A doctor may be able to help you develop strategies to help you rest better at night so that you can stay alert while behind the wheel.