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Why is drowsy driving such a risk?

Drivers in Virginia know well that some driving behaviors are riskier than others. Drunk driving often comes to mind when most people think of these behaviors. Texting while driving is often a close second. But what about drowsy driving? 

Many studies show that drowsy driving poses as much of a risk as DUI or texting while driving. Today we will examine this claim. We will look at exactly why drowsy driving is so hazardous. 

The risks of drowsy driving 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looks at drowsy driving and its risks. They often parallel the risks found in DUI or distracted drivers. For example, drowsy drivers often have trouble concentrating. They do not pick up on danger as fast as alert and awake drivers. If they do notice danger, they have slower reaction times. 

Of course, there is also the risk of falling asleep at the wheel. This completely removes a driver’s ability to react to or notice their surroundings. Often, drivers who fall asleep end up in crashes. This is dangerous not only for them, but for the drivers they share the road with. 

The general acceptance of drowsy driving 

A unique risk present in drowsy driving is the fact that it is often accepted by people. Many believe DUI driving is avoidable. They think texting while driving is avoidable. But people often do not have control over how well they sleep at night or when they need to drive the next day. Because of that, many people drive drowsy. They accept it when coworkers admit to driving while tired. 

But drowsy driving poses as much risk as other dangerous driving behaviors. For that reason, some campaign to bring awareness to drowsy driving and its true danger.