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Drowsy Driving: Time Change May Increase Accident Risk

Drowsy driving is a risk not only to the sleep-deprived driver himself, but also to anyone on his or her path. That’s why it’s important that drivers understand that whenever the time changes, either to comply with Daylight Saving Time or when it comes to an end, drivers are more likely to be tired while behind the wheel.

Now that the time has changed over the weekend as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end, the Washington State Patrol is alerting drivers across the Evergreen State that this time of the year, they will be seeing a lot of drowsy and tired drivers everywhere.

According to officials, drowsy driving is a serious risk that causes over 100,000 crashes each year nationwide. At least 40,000 injuries and 1,550 fatalities have also been associated with the activity.

While this is an issue nationwide, the problem has also turned into a concern for Washington officials.

Between the years of 2011 and 2015, 308 people were injured and 64 were killed thanks to drowsy driving accidents.

Drivers who are younger than 26 are at greater risk of being involved in drowsy driving accidents as well as those who have jobs that often require them to spend long hours at work. Drivers who work night shifts are also more likely to be involved in drowsy driving crashes.

But perhaps some of the drivers who are at greater risk of being involved in drowsy driving accidents are commercial drivers who must drive heavy trucks. According to officials, at least 15 percent of all truck accidents involve drowsy drivers.

In order to make sure that you’re not at risk of experiencing a drowsy driving accident, drivers are urged to get a good night’s sleep before hitting the road. And if they are already driving and they feel too tired to continue, they may notice it by keeping track of certain signs such as heavy eyes and bobbing head.

If needed, pull over safely to a place you may park for sometime and rest until you’re able to drive again.

For more ti[s on how to avoid drowsy driving accidents, follow this link.

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