Drowsy driving is always a problem on the roads, but did you know that Daylight Savings Time causes a real sleep-deprivation concern for drivers? Getting an hour more of light is great, but it also means that you may lose an hour or more of sleep. Springing forward can lead to an hour or two less sleep than usual as people are less tired at night (making them stay up later) and have to get up an hour earlier.
It’s easy to underestimate how much this time change will affect you. Did you know that sleeping less than five hours creates a crash risk that is similar to someone who is driving while intoxicated? Adults need, on average, at least seven hours of sleep each night. Those who miss an hour or two of the recommended sleep could end up doubling their risk of a collision (or close to it).
With 90% of drivers stating that they believe that drowsy driving is unacceptable and a threat to safety, it’s interesting to note that around 29% of those same people admit to driving when they were so tired they were struggling to stay awake.
It is not worth the risk to be on the roads if you are too tired to drive safely. You would never drive if you were intoxicated, and you shouldn’t drive if you’re sleep deprived, either. Fortunately, it’s easy to avoid crashes from drowsiness by getting a few more hours of rest each night.
If you do end up involved in a crash that is the result of a drowsy driver, you may be able to hold that person responsible for your injuries and any damages they cause.