As a driver in Indiana, you share the road with plenty of people. Unfortunately, all it takes is one dangerous driver to put everyone else on the road at risk. And the danger may not even come in the form you anticipate.
DUI drivers cause a lot of crashes, but they are not the only source of risk. In fact, you will likely face a bigger threat in the form of drowsy drivers. But who exactly is prone to driving drowsy?
Drowsy driving unrelated to age
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention keep track of all statistics related to drowsy driving. This includes information on the drivers most likely to drive drowsy. One of the most surprising facts is that drowsy driving does not impact an age group. This is unusual. For example, late teens are at the highest risk for texting while driving.
Who is at risk for drowsy driving?
Why does drowsy driving have a more even spread? Studies show this is because drowsy drivers simply do not get more than 6 hours of sleep a night. Many groups fall under this category. Some examples include:
- People with sleep disorders
- People with other diseases or injuries that keep them awake at night or disrupt sleep cycles
- Students who are cramming for exams
- Shift workers who work unusual hours
- People on medication that can induce drowsiness
- Commercial vehicle drivers
Some people are at higher risk than others, like truck drivers and shift workers. But anyone can suffer from a sleep disorder or injury. This is part of what makes drowsy driving so dangerous. It can happen to anyone at any time, for any reason.