How is drowsy driving making New York streets more dangerous?

On Behalf of | Aug 15, 2020 | motor vehicle accidents

In New York, distracted driving trends can create dangerous situations for every driver. You already share the roads with so many other people. Unfortunately, it just takes one to put everyone else at risk. Because of that, it is important to keep an eye on what those risks are.

Right now, drowsy driving is one of the biggest up-and-coming risks that drivers like you face. What is it about this behavior that puts so many people in harm’s way?

Who is at risk for drowsy driving?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention look into primary causes for drowsy driving. Studies show that anyone who gets less than 6 hours of sleep or snores are at highest risk. This already encompasses a large group of people. Some who may fall under these categories include:

  • Students who are cramming and skipping sleep
  • Shift workers with unusual schedules
  • People with sleep disorders like insomnia or sleep apnea
  • Drivers using medication that induces sleepiness
  • Commercial drivers, in particular truck drivers

Drowsy driving as a distracted driving behavior

Just about any person of any age can end up driving while drowsy. In fact, drowsy driving is somewhat “acceptable” in today’s society. Many people do not expect to get the recommended amount of sleep. In a bustling metropolis like New York, this tends to hold even more truth.

Drowsy driving impacts you in a way similar to driving under the influence. You cannot make quick decisions. Your reflexes are slow. You may not notice dangers. You will not brake on time. You may even fall asleep at the wheel. Any of these conditions can lead to a crash, which is why drowsy driving is such a big risk.