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What effect does fatigue have on a driver?

On Behalf of | Sep 17, 2020 | Firm News

Texas truckers like you often work long, grueling hours. You may push yourself beyond your own limits or drive when you feel like you have not gotten enough sleep. This is unfortunately very common in the industry. 

It is also a good way to get into a crash. You may feel desensitized to sleeping while fatigued. You may think it does not affect you that badly. But you would feel surprised to find out just what sort of impact fatigue has. 

Drowsy driving is like driving drunk

The National Safety Council takes a look at how fatigue impacts drivers. Drowsy driving actually has a similar impact to driving while under the influence. In fact, if you drive after going 20 hours without sleep, it is the same as having a 0.08 percent BAC level. 

Not only that, but your chances of getting into a crash rise significantly. You are three times more likely to get into a crash when fatigued. You suffer from other effects, too. As you grow drowsier, you struggle more with reaction times. Your awareness of surrounding hazards diminishes until you are no longer capable of spotting them quickly. You also struggle to maintain your attention. 

The danger of micro-sleep

You may even suffer through micro-sleep. This is a short period in which you suffer from an involuntary lack of attention. You may actually fall asleep for a very brief moment. This is dangerous because you can travel a long distance on the freeway in a micro-sleep. They often last 4 to 5 seconds. In that time, you can travel the distance of a football field. As such, you can see what a risk drowsy driving is.