For Massachusetts drivers, drowsy driving is a serious hazard. According to the CDC, there are specific drivers who are more prone to drowsy driving. Aside from drivers who simply do not sleep enough, commercial drivers, medicated drivers, shift workers and drivers with sleep disorders are likely to drive while drowsy. 

When it comes to drowsy driving, the numbers are likely underestimated. However, the estimation is that around 6,000 fatal accidents per year are due to drowsy drivers. It is important for drivers to take necessary measures before they sit behind the wheel to prevent driving drowsy. 

First, always get enough sleep. As an adult, you need at least seven hours of sleep per night. Teens, on the other hand, will need about eight hours. Maintaining good sleeping habits will keep you from becoming drowsy unexpectedly. If you do have a sleep disorder or if you have concerns that you may have a sleep disorder, you should seek treatment as soon as possible. 

If you are behind the wheel, it is possible that you can become drowsy suddenly. It is crucial that you can identify the signs of drowsy driving. Some of the most common warning signs are forgetfulness, you may not remember the miles you drove and you may miss your exit. If you catch yourself drifting from your lane or driving over the rumble strip on the highway, you could be drowsy. In addition, yawning and frequent blinking are signs that you are tired and likely to doze off behind the wheel. 

The above information is meant to educate on drowsy driving. It is not legal advice.