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Tips On Recognizing Drowsy Driving Warning Signs

February 28, 2015 Hastings and Hastings

Tips On Recognizing Drowsy Driving Warning Signs

Along with impaired driving and reckless driving, drowsy driving is a serious concern that can cause substantial injury and in many instances loss of life. One of the best ways to be more proactive and to be a safe driver with regard to drowsy driving is to know the warning signs and to take the appropriate action when a drowsy driver is encountered.

An Aggressive Or Confused Driver

A safe and responsible driver who sees another driver drifting from lane to lane or even tailgating should suspect that the driver could be operating impaired or drowsy. Equally of concern is a driver who is continuously hitting the shoulder of a road or the rumble strips in the center of the road. This may be a clear sign that the driver is operating without full faculty. An aggressive or confused driver may also be drowsy, impaired or distracted. Safe drivers should exercise extreme caution when operating a vehicle near another vehicle that is being operated in an unsafe way.

License Plate Number

Exiting the highway or road or simply pulling over and parking is usually the best option. This combined with calling 911 or the local authorities to report an erratic driver can possibly save lives and reduce the chances of an accident. Noting the license plate number and a general description of the vehicle that is operating erratically can help local authorities in addressing the issue as soon as possible. Passengers of a vehicle that is being operated by an impaired driver should also know a few warning signs that indicate that a driver is drowsy.

The Driver Is Operating At A Deficit

For example, if a driver who is operating a vehicle is irritable or restless or has a difficult time keeping their head up, it may be time to pull over. Excessive yawning and continual rubbing of the eyes may also be a clear sign that the driver is impaired due to lack of sleep. If a driver exhibits wandering thoughts or something similar such as daydreaming and has difficulty focusing, this may be another clear indication that the driver is operating at a deficit. As an added note, frequent blinking of the eyes or heavy eyelids may be a sign that a driver is drowsy. Contact Hastings and Hastings today to learn more about personal injury legal representation in Phoenix.