Drowsy Driving is almost as Dangerous as Drunk Driving

You wouldn’t drive your car drunk, so why do it when you’re tired?

Drowsy driving is as dangerous as drunk driving. Each year drowsy drivers cause at least 100,000 accidents. Unfortunately, most of them are fatal. No one is safe when you drive drowsy!

There isn’t a “drowsiness test” to measure how sleepy you feel. And research shows that we often overestimate our level of alertness. So, you may be drowsier than you think you are!

Turning the radio up or rolling down the windows may help for a few minutes if you are drowsy, but it will not keep you from falling asleep in the driver seat.

Drowsy driving is as dangerous as drunk driving. It causes impaired judgement, delayed reactions, and drifting off the road or into oncoming traffic. Drowsy driving causes mistakes behind the wheel, these mistakes could cost you your life. Don’t become a statistic.

How do I prevent drowsy driving?

1. Plan ahead by taking an afternoon nap before driving late at night.

2. Have some caffeine and then wait 30 minutes for it to take effect before driving.

3. Take a taxi or bus, or call home for a ride, instead of driving when you are tired.

4. Switch drivers if another alert driver is with you.

5. If sleepy pull over in a safe place and take a 20 minute nap, then walk around to wake up before driving.

Don’t drive after taking a medication that causes drowsiness, and never drink and drive!

If you’re concerned about drowsy driving call Dr. Bob and the Dream Team at Sleep Better Green Bay for a free consultation to see if you’re a candidate for Dental Sleep Apnea treatment.

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Robert Villwock, DDS    •    1401 Kingston Terrace,  Green Bay, WI  54302


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