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The Dangers of Driving Drowsy

The holidays are full of fun, family, friends, food and excitement--but they also leave you fatigued. Copious amounts of family time and comfort food can leave even the most energetic with a major holiday hangover. Therefore, it is important to listen to your post-holiday body and understand the dangers of operating a vehicle while tired. In case you weren't aware, driving drowsy is a major source of automobile-related accidents. Here is what you need to know.   Who is the most at risk? According to the National Sleep Foundation's drowsydriving.org, the group most likely in the younger demographic, or young adults between the ages of 18 and 29 years old. The site goes on to name men as more likely than women to drive while drowsy and parents of children to drive while sleepy than those without kids. From these stats a few things become clear: First, younger generations, who are often regarded as a group with more energy than their elders, opt to ignore sleepiness in favor of climbing in the driver's seat. Furthermore, distractions such as the stress of taking care of children detracts energy and causes many parents to drive when said energy levels are low. If you fall into one of more of these categories, take a good hard look and yourself before operating a vehicle. A self-assessment of tiredness could save your own life and those around you. According to a 2005 study titled Sleep in America, which was published by the NSF found that 60% of adult drivers (of the 168 million surveyed) reported operating an automobile when they felt levels of drowsiness; moreover, 37% even reported an instance of falling asleep at the wheel.   What you should do. When it comes to avoiding driving drowsy and consequent crashes, the solutions are few and simple: either do not get in the car and operate your vehicle in the first place or pull over and get some rest. If you choose to incorporate caffeine in your road trip to remain awake and alert, it is very important you are aware of how caffeine personally affects you and if its side effects are manageable and safe to operate under. Instead of just pulling off on the side of the road you should pick a safe spot away from traffic. Above all else, if you feel tired just do not drive. Driving while drowsy is incredibly unsafe, but related accidents are entirely avoidable if you take your body seriously. As always, if you or someone you know gets hurt in an accident contact Rhett Hoestenbach, personal injury lawyer, to seek the counsel and support you deserve. His dedicated and experienced team will lead you to a solution smoothly and easily.

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