Teens Beware of Drowsy Driving Risks this Summer

According to a recent study that was published in the Journal of Safety Research, young drivers are not wired to be able to recognize the dangers that accompany drowsy driving.

All too often, these young drivers are jumping behind the wheel with little to no sleep. Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted the recent study and say that sleep-deprived driving can even be as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than driving under the influence. What’s most unfortunate is that most drivers’ attitude regarding these conditions are unknown, according to the National Safety Council (NSC).
The study was also able to conclude that both alcohol-related and sleep-related car accidents are most likely to happen among young drivers. It was also able to determine that among all of the drivers who take long highway road trips, drivers who are under the age of 30 are the most sleep deprived of them all. Lastly, test results concluded that the driving errors that are displayed by drivers who are under the influence of alcohol are also very similar to those of drowsy drivers.

Our Rock Hill personal injury lawyers understand that more residents are taking long road trips during this time of the year. It’s the summer travel season and residents are heading out on vacation. Our young drivers are getting to enjoy some time away from school and they’re spending more time behind the wheel, too. For these reasons, we’re facing some severe risks for car accidents throughout the state, especially our teen drivers. Not only are drivers urged to practice their safest driving habits during this dangerous travel season, but they’re also urged to get plenty of sleep before they hit the road.

“Drunk driving is universally viewed as dangerous, but young people especially don’t understand the very serious risks associated with drowsy and distracted driving,” said Janet Froetscher with the NSC.

The study looked at how our young drivers perceived the dangers of drunk driving against the dangers that are associated with sleep-deprived driving. It was clear that driving while tired is viewed as not only understandable, but acceptable by these young drivers while drinking and drinking and driving was viewed as a big no-no!

Teenage drivers are out of school right now and they’re enjoying their summer breaks. Parents are urged to talk with the teen driver in their lives about the dangers of both drowsy driving and drunk driving. While we’d like to have the utmost confidence in our teens to make smart, responsible and safe decisions at the wheel, we’re better off safe than sorry and discussing the risks with them now. Make sure that your teen knows to stay out of the driver’s seat if they’re feeling tired. Offer them an out and ask them to call you for a safe ride home.

Contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. if you or your teenager has been injured in a car accident in Rock Hill or elsewhere. Call 1-800-887-1965 to set up a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case.

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