What Happens When You Drive Tired?
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Driving for extensive periods of time can make you feel tired and sleepy. Driving while tired is dangerous, especially at night. A large number of accidents occur because the driver is too tired to drive. Here are the dangers of driving when tired.
Slower Brain Function
Your brain isn’t able to function at an optimal level when you are tired. Generally, it doesn’t take long for your brain to help you make decisions on the road but when you are tired, the response time is slower. A slower brain function can also put you into a state of euphoria and bring upon micro-sleep, which occurs when you fall asleep for a moment and once your head drops you wake up. Sleeping for even a moment can prove to be dangerous if you are on the highway.
Driving requires quick reflexes. If a car in front of you brakes suddenly, or if you have to watch out for animals on the road, you need to be alert. If you are tired when driving, your ability to react is impaired. You may not be able to brake in time or save an animal on the road. Not being able to react in time may cause a serious accident.
How to Stay Alert While Driving
Although driving in a tired state is not ideal, there are a few ways you can stay alert, such as:
Carry Energy Drinks: A great way to counter tiredness is to carry energy drinks with you on long routes. Don’t gulp it all down at once. Drink it slowly and it will keep you alert.
Turn the Dome Light On: When the car is dark, it causes the body to release a hormone known as melatonin. This causes the body to shut down and go to sleep. Keeping the dome light on will prevent this from happening.
Open the Window: Fresh air and cool air may help keep you awake.
Always get a good rest before departing on a long journey. However, if you do feel tired during the travel, you can use the tips listed above and stay safe.