Dangerous driving habits come in many forms. Some are more obvious than others (Hint: Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol) and some are a bit more subtle. Today, Sharp Insurance will be looking into a dangerous driving habit that some people tend to overlook -- namely, driving when tired. If you are an Edmonton resident, then you know how important it is to drive carefully, especially in the winters. But do you know why it's important to drive when fully awake?
Well it's because driving when tired is every bit as dangerous as driving when drunk.
Yes, you read that right, and no, we didn't exaggerate. Are you surprised? Most people probably are because they simply don't realize how much of an effect sleep deprivation can have on a person's overall ability to drive safely.
Consider this: When your body really needs to sleep, your reaction times slow down, and falling asleep at the wheel becomes a very real possibility. Do we really need to talk about the results that could ensue? You hear about them all too often.
Of course, you can try to keep yourself awake by playing some music and forcing your eyes open, but at the end of the day, when your body wants to sleep, it needs to sleep. This is why we urge you to never drive when tired; No matter what your intents are, losing focus for a few seconds is incredibly easy and all it takes for things to go wrong. And when things go wrong behind the wheel, they can go really wrong...