What is Fatigued Driving?

 

Fatigued driving is best explained as driving when you are tired or sleepy. Driving when you are fatigued has serious consequences. First, fatigue impairs your ability to safely perform even basic-driving tasks. It decreases reaction time, affects judgment, and can result in erratic-driving behavior.

 

Warning Signs of Fatigue:

 

There are several warning signs of fatigue; however, we often don’t understand them or worse yet, choose to ignore them. Some of the warning signs include:

• Feeling sleepy or tired

• Being unaware of your environment or not always knowing where you are

• Erratic driving similar to drunk driving

• Unable to get comfortable

• Tired or burning eyes

• Rubbing your neck or face to wake up

• Driving off the shoulder or crossing the center line

Any of these symptoms may result in loss of vehicle control.

 

The Problem with Driving while Fatigued:

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates falling asleep while driving is responsible for at least 100,000 automobile crashes, 40,000 injuries, and 1,550 fatalities each year. About half of all traffic fatalities occur at night. When you consider the miles driven at night, that rate is closer to four times as high as for daytime driving.

 

The Solution:

 

The only reliable way to combat fatigue is with proper rest. Even a short nap can do wonders to help fight fatigue. When planning a trip, always leave extra time in case you become tired and need to stop and rest.

When Reporting Suspected Fatigued Drivers and or Drunk Drivers:

Be sure and note the following:

• Location street, highway, city, county

• Vehicle description, including license plate, vehicle color, make, model and direction of travel

• Elapsed time from observing vehicle

• Violation or activity observed

• Your name, location and call-back number