Doing anything if you have not had adequate sleep can reduce your efficiency and effectiveness. However, participating in some activities, like driving, while fatigued may also pose a major threat to your safety.
When you anticipate the need to travel, one of the first things you should do in preparation for your trip is to get enough rest. Your commitment to getting enough sleep will support you in staying alert and focused on the road ahead.
Exhaustion and your ability to focus
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, driving when you are tired has similar effects to driving drunk. This means your ability to make confident and reasonable decisions declines and ultimately impacts your ability to react to things like traffic signals and other motorists.
While you may notice fatigue in a variety of ways, some of the symptoms you may experience include your inability to focus, nodding off, having tunnel vision, forgetfulness, drifting out of your lane and noticeably sluggish reactions to what is happening around you.
Guaranteeing your rest and safety
Getting enough rest is paramount to your ability to stay safe while driving. This means getting a minimum of 8 hours of sleep, avoiding medications that make you drowsy and being aware of how you feel. Also, if you find yourself feeling drowsy, find a safe place to park your vehicle and take a power nap to give yourself adequate energy.
Certain times of the day, types of music or even scenery may make you feel more tired than usual. Knowing which elements trigger your fatigue may help you to avoid them entirely or encourage you to rest extra in preparation for your trip. Making sure you feel well-rested and alert may greatly reduce your chances of getting into an avoidable and dangerous accident because you fall asleep while driving.