The Serious Consequences of Highway Hypnosis on Georgia Highways
The Serious Consequences of Highway Hypnosis – Tips You Should Know from a Georgia Car Accident Attorney
Hundreds of thousands of Georgians take road trips every year both in and outside of the state of Georgia. Regardless of a driver’s skill level, road hypnosis and drowsy driving are significant concerns that can hit anyone at any given time. While a significant number of auto accidents relate to distracted driving, speeding, running a red light, and driving under the influence, among others, drowsy driving and falling asleep at the wheel are also significant factors that have led to catastrophic accidents resulting in both severe injuries and death.
As such, it is crucial that all drivers take precautionary steps to avoid falling asleep at the wheel or otherwise getting what is called road hypnosis, a state in which a driver may be awake, but has a weaker reaction time and awareness of the roadway.
How to Avoid Road Hypnosis
There are many ways in which a driver can avoid road hypnosis which in turn can lead to falling asleep at the wheel. A few of these steps include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Get a good night’s sleep the night before a road trip. It goes without saying that a full night’s sleep can make all the difference the following day. Driving on little or no sleep can pose a significant danger to both the driver, any passengers, and other people on the roadway.
- Start your road trip as early as possible in the day. Leaving for a road trip in the late afternoon or evening can be very dangerous. After all, if you leave for a road trip after work, you may already be exhausted from a full day and have not had sufficient rest. Therefore, if at all possible, road trips should begin early in the day. If there is no way to avoid leaving for a road trip until later in the day, drivers should consider splitting a road trip into certain parts or having another driver help out who may be more rested. Additionally, nighttime driving can be even more dangerous when it is dark, as a tired driver in addition to darkness can be a deadly mix.
- Keep it cold in the car. Cold air is known to keep people awake. Many people may remember going to school and having very cold classrooms, as this was one way in which students could stay awake. The same is true for driving. If a driver opens a window in cooler months or has the air conditioner on, he or she is more likely to be awake and avoid road hypnosis. Having seat warmers on, or enjoying the heat can be fine as a passenger, but can be dangerous for the person driving.
- Keep your posture up. Sitting up straight can play a significant role in a driver's ability to stay awake behind the wheel. Slouching and becoming too comfortable can bring on a sense of calm that can then lead to road hypnosis, drowsiness, and sleep. By sitting up straight, a driver is alert and able to tackle the challenges of the roadway, staying awake and keeping his or her eyes on the road.
- Pull over if you are tired. Under no circumstances should you drive if you feel you are tired. If at any point during your trip you feel tired or fatigued, you are a danger to yourself and others. Pull over to the side of the road and call a family or friend to pick you up. Do not risk your life.
Car accidents happen every day, and unfortunately, Georgians suffer injuries and death on a regular basis. Therefore, it is critical that all drivers do whatever they can to avoid road hypnosis, which has the potential to lead to drowsy driving and falling asleep at the wheel.
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