The study reveals that commercial truck drivers, shift workers, young men, people taking sedating medicines, or those with sleep disorders are especially susceptible to drowsy driving. Sleepiness and fatigue have been linked to decreases in vigilance, reaction time, memory, psychomotor coordination, information processing, and decision making, which are all important while driving. It is said that sleepiness can impair driving performance as much or more so than alcohol. Being impaired by alcohol or a lack of sleep can be extremely dangerous for motorists. It is therefore not a surprise that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported that drowsy driving was probably the cause of more than half of crashes, which lead to a truck driver's death. Unfortunately, according to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), for each truck driver fatality, another three to four people are killed.
There are several telltale signs that suggest that a sleep related accident may have occurred including a vehicle leaving the roadway, and a lack of braking, skid marks, or other evidence that the driver made no attempt to avoid crashing. Researchers have revealed a few indicators of drowsiness and drowsy driving that you should pay attention to. These include frequent blinking, longer duration of blinks, head nodding, having trouble keeping one's eyes open and focused, memory lapses, daydreaming, and drifting from your lane or the road.
If you start to notice some of these signs while you are driving, it is advised that you pull off of the road and getting sufficient sleep before getting behind the wheel of an automobile. If that is not possible, studies suggest two things that may be helpful: taking a short, 20-minute nap, and/or drinking two cups of coffee or other equivalently caffeinated beverages. However, there is no substitute for good deep sleep and caffeine will only improve alertness for a short time. For more information click on the link below for the full story.
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