Take A Nap At The Wheel
The road is not always safe. This is especially true if we are forced to navigate roads with high-speed drivers and drunken motorists. Did you know that speeding while impaired or drunk can make driving dangerous?
The National Sleep Foundation or NSF reports that "nearly three-quarters" of Americans (71%) own a car and are often rushed to get to work.
Drivers are often unaware of the fact that cars can be deadly weapons if they don't get enough rest. NSF reports that sleep deprivation, fatigue and other factors can make it more likely that drivers will crash into other vehicles.
These are the wearied drivers.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC), commercial drivers, shift workers who work night shifts or longer shifts, drivers suffering from sleep disorders like sleep apnea, drivers using sedative medication, and drivers who don't get enough sleep are all considered drivers.
These drivers are at risk of falling asleep behind the wheel. Moreover, there is no way to determine if someone is driving impaired due to sleep deprivation, unlike the breathalyzer used to test drunk drivers. The EOBRs (Electronic Onboard Records) can only save one life.
What should you do?
There is an easy solution! Stay alert! You might save someone's life. You should only drive motor vehicles when you feel well-rested. Try to find activities that lower your stress levels.
A study done by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that people who sleep 6 to 7 hours per night are twice as likely as people who sleep 8 hours or more. People who sleep less than 5 hours have a four to five-fold increase in their chances of being involved in a crash.
If you have a medical condition that may lead to sleep apnea, or if you are taking medication that causes drowsiness due to sleep apnea, please consult your doctor. You may consider public transport until your doctor gives you clearance.