Even if you do not know it, auto pilot as taken a hold of you when it comes to driving on those long, drawn out trips. Who knew?
Recent research done states that almost all of drivers out there have fallen asleep or dozed off at least once in their travels. Usually, those that are doing some sort of distracted driving are also not full awake while they are driving – the mix between the half alertness and the distraction can put a lot of lives in danger when it comes to being behind the wheel of an automobile.
Over the past year, 10 percent of all drivers have dozed off while at the wheel at least once. The majority of this 10 percent are men and teenagers. This means they actually have fallen asleep while on a busy road or highway for more than a minute.
A lot of people underestimate the dangers behind not having enough sleep and then getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. The dangers are real and they do exist. Sleep deprivation can be a tricky thing to walk around with. Even if you feel fine at the moment you get into the vehicle – you might not feel fine once you’re driving around and you might also not realize that you’ve dozed off until you hit something or someone else that is on the road while you swerve to a different lane or area.
Men are over 60 percent more likely to fall asleep at the wheel than women, while those 16 to 24 years of age are more likely to fall asleep over 75 percent more compared to those that are between 40 and 59 years of age.
If you’re going on a long driving trip, you should get at least 6 or more hours of sleep. This is to ensure that you’ve had enough sleep and then stop every two to four hours in between, even if it is just to stretch your legs and walk around a bit. This will wake you up enough for more of the drive ahead. By being conscious and not half asleep during your travels, you’re able to keep yourself and others out of harms way. Once again, if you felt fine when you got in the car, but after a few hours, you feel tired again then getting out and doing something in fresh air can help you get the motivation you need to wake up a bit more but if it is overpowering – a quick nap can help to wake you up.
If you’re fatigued while driving, when you sit in that seat, keep in mind that you’re doing something dangerous. If the trip you’re going on is going to last more than six hours, you should also make sure to stop at night and sleep overnight if possible. This is to ensure that no one is harmed while you’re on the road – including yourself.
Sleep is an important factor that everyone needs throughout their lifetime. Without the right amount of sleep every night, you may be facing something much worse than sleep deprivation.