Most drivers will not drive after they have a drink, but the same can’t be said when drivers feel tired or drowsy. However, according to studies, driving when tired can be just as dangerous as when driving intoxicated.
The Sleep Foundation found that being awake for 18 hours solid has the same effect on your driving as having a blood alcohol level of 0.05.
When you’re tired, you will find it harder to concentrate, react slower and you can even fall asleep at the wheel, which could result in deadly consequences.
It has also been found that driving whilst using your phone, has a similar effect.
According to TimesLive, 9 out of 10 drivers said that they check their phones whilst driving, which makes them 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident.
According to the Transport Research Laboratory in the UK, they say that reaction speeds are slowed by 35% when writing a text and by 12% when blood alcohol is at the legal limit.
So what does this all mean? Well if you are feeling tired then you need to follow the same course of action as you would when drinking. Rather have someone else drive you or call a taxi service like Uber, for instance. If you are planning to drive long distances then you need to avoid sleep deprivation. Pull over regularly in a safe spot, have refreshments on hand and stretch your legs. Also, don’t use your phone whilst driving. Nothing on your phone is as important as your life.