Insomnia, Drowsy Driving and Car Accidents: What To Do If You’re Drowsy and Driving

In honor of “Sleep Awareness Week” (March 2 – 8, 2015) and our past posts on insomnia causing auto accidents, we have provided facts on accidents caused by drowsy driving, how to get better sleep, and – this final post – on what to do if you’re drowsy and driving.

One in three adults suffer from sleep deprivation and/or insomnia and sleep deprivation-caused driving accidents occur to approximately 328,000 drivers per year. So, what do you do if you’re driving and sleepiness sets in? According to the National Sleep Foundation, there are some things you can do to counteract sleepy driving. Here are some tips:

  • Stop driving
  • Sleep: Take a nap for at least 15 to 20 minutes
  • Take frequent breaks at rest areas or Travel Plazas
  • Ensure adequate sleep the night before a big trip
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Travel with someone and share the driving
  • Be aware of the signs that you are tired
  • Commercial drivers should not exceed their hours of service driving and should take their required breaks
  • Take a break every two hours or 100 miles while on a long trip
  • Drink caffeine, but be aware that the effects of caffeine are limited

Make sure you get at least 7-9 hours of sleep per night; especially when embarking on a long trip. And, be aware of the signs of drowsy driving.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a drowsy-driving related incident, please contact the law offices of Martin Harding & Mazzotti LLP to learn more about what you can do.