The first week of November is dedicated to bringing awareness to drowsy driving. This is impaired driving, and, according to the National Sleep Foundation, around half of U.S. drivers admit to consistently driving while feeling drowsy.
What drivers may forget to realize is how much driving impaired puts you and others at risk. Driving drowsy can have similar impacts to driving under the influence of alcohol, including being three times more likely to get into an accident.
Be aware of the following signs and symptoms of drowsy driving, including:
- Frequent yawning or difficulty keeping your eyes open
- "Nodding off" or having trouble keeping your head up
- Inability to remember driving the last few miles
- Missing road signs or turns
- Difficulty maintaining your speed
- Drifting out of your lane
If you feel too tired to be on the road, do not get behind the wheel. Keeping yourself and others safe should be your number one priority while driving.