Florida roads are often dangerous places to be. Other drivers are often distracted or negligent. Drowsy drivers are among them. While drowsy driving does not have as bad of a reputation as other bad driving behaviors, it can be as dangerous. It often poses an even greater danger.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examines the dangers of drowsy driving. In many respects, drowsy driving is a form of distracted driving. It takes the driver’s attention away from the task at hand. It is also a type of negligent driving. Drivers choose to endanger others by getting on the road despite their exhaustion.
As such, it combines risks that both distracted drivers and negligent drivers have. For example, drowsy drivers have slow reflexes. They cannot react to danger in an efficient way. By the time they notice something is wrong, it is too late to right their mistakes.
A risk unique to drowsy driving is the fact that a driver can fall asleep at the wheel. This does not only dampen their reflexes. It can prevent them from reacting to anything, as they are unconscious. In the time it takes a distracted driver to dose off, they can travel into other lanes. If they drift into the lane of oncoming traffic, this may result in head-on collisions. This is one of the most deadly types of crashes and has a high fatality rate.
If you recognize signs of a drowsy driver, it is best to give them a wide berth. Do not drive near anyone who is swerving, drifting or changing their speed often. This could put you at even more risk of getting involved in a crash.