When you take to the road, it's important that your mind is completely focused at all times.
If you are fatigued for any reason, such as a lack of sleep the night before, you need to be careful about what you are doing. It may be best for you to pull over and get some rest before moving down the road any further.
Here are some of the reasons why you never want to drive when fatigued:
- It slows your reaction time, which can make it difficult to avoid an accident
- It makes it more difficult to process information, such as when to change lanes and when to use your brakes
- It leads to a lack of motivation
- It increases aggression, leading you to become angry with other drivers
Many people believe that fatigue only sets in during the evening and nighttime hours; however, that is not the case.
Think about this: If you didn't get a good night's sleep, you could find yourself tired behind the wheel on the morning commute.
Just as you need to be careful about driving when drowsy, you hope that others take the same approach. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen.
If you are struck by a drowsy driver, move your car to safety and call 911. This will result in police and an ambulance arriving at the scene.
Once you receive treatment and better understand your injuries, turn your attention to making an insurance claim. Depending on the situation, you may find yourself fighting to receive the compensation you deserve. It may not be easy, but you don't want to give in. You've suffered a loss and you may deserve to be compensated.
Source: National Sleep Foundation, "Facts," accessed Aug. 23, 2017