In Texas, there are many dangers drivers may face while on the road. Unfortunately, a lot of those dangers stem from other drivers. For example, drowsy driving is a big potential risk factor that any driver can face, and the chances of running into drowsy drivers on the road is unfortunately increasing with time.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) takes a look at drowsy driving and the potential negative impacts that come along with it. Drowsy driving occurs when someone gets behind the wheel despite not having enough sleep. This can lead to issues like a decreased sense of space or time, slower reaction times, and an inability to choose the best course of action when faced with sudden dangers. In fact, there are some studies that show sleepy driving is comparable to drunk driving or distracted driving in terms of how it affects a driver’s abilities.

Unfortunately, drowsy driving is also still a big issue today for many reasons. One is that it isn’t talked about as often as distracted or drunk driving, meaning it’s still considered relatively “socially acceptable” to drive even if you are exhausted. It also ties to the grind culture in the country. People always feel like they have to be on the go, doing things, or working. This comes even at the sacrifice of your own well-being and health.

One of the best things that can be done to combat drowsy driving is to spread awareness of how it may affect any driver on the road. This also allows you to understand what signs to look for so you can potentially protect yourself.