The Dangers of Driving Drowsy in Jacksonville, Florida

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The Dangers of Driving Drowsy in Jacksonville, Florida

I can picture myself driving up I-95 in December, heading to Pennsylvania, after about 10 hours in the car, the kids are asleep, my wife is asleep, I got some jams going on the radio and the sun is going down. It is a yearly ritual for my family and there have been plenty of times when I have been fighting to stay awake. I often consume copious amounts of caffeine and try to keep the music upbeat. We've all been there before, whether it be driving for the holidays or coming back from a long day trip, when we push our limits just to make good time or get home.

Fatigued or drowsy driving is a serious problem and can often be the reason someone makes a deadly mistake on the highway or roadways here in Jacksonville, Florida. Fatigue while driving can cause many of the same affects as drunk driving. 

Affects of Drowsy Driving 

  • Slow thought process
  • Slow reaction time
  • Affects in judgment
  • Affects in vision
  • Impairment to the senses and abilities
  • Causing micro-sleeping ("nodding off") 
  • Cause you to completely fall asleep

‚ÄčDriver fatigue can be a major factor in car accidents, including with commercial drivers. Being overly tired can affect a drivers reaction time and ability to focus. As you can imagine, these deficiencies can have dangerous, and sometimes deadly, consequences.  

Factors That Can Cause Drowsy Driving 

  • Loss of sleep
  • Sedating medications
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Driving between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m.
  • Driving a significant number of hours every day
  • Driving for long time periods without a break

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