Yes. According to the National Sleep Foundation, teens should get nine to ten hours of sleep, but they average about seven and a half hours per night. Lack of sleep causes poor reaction time, poor thinking, and bad vision. It also leads to a low processing speed of information, short-term memory, and sub-par performance. Lack of sleep can act in the same way as driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Driving at night, which subsequently often leads to driving while drowsy, is the biggest risk factor for fatal teen car accidents.
Here are ways to stay safe and prevent a Colleyville teen auto collision:
- Consider how much sleep you have had before getting behind the wheel.
- If you feel drowsy, pull over to a safe spot and take a 15 to 20 minute nap.
- If you need to drive a long distance, plan your route with proper rest breaks.
- Drink caffeine! Two cups of coffee are enough to increase your alertness for several hours of driving.
The Colleyville car accident attorneys at The Hart Law Firm want you and your teen to be safe while driving. Be sure you know the signs of fatigue for yourself. If you or a loved one has been in a Colleyville car accident due to night driving drowsiness, please call The Hart Law Firm for a free consultation from an experienced Colleyville car accident lawyer at (800) 856-2347.