South Carolina drivers share the road with countless strangers every day. It is up to each individual on the road to keep it safe for everyone else. So what happens when dangerous driving behavior starts to leak into the equation?

Today we will focus on a specific type of distracted driving known as drowsy driving. We will look at the impact drowsy drivers have on road safety.

What should you know about drowsy driving?

Why is this so important? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looks into this. They discuss the true impact of drowsy driving on road safety. One of the first things they mention is the high prevalence of it. Why is it so common? Why do so many people admit readily to driving drowsy or even falling asleep at the wheel?

The prevalence of drowsy driving

In short, drowsy driving is not a highly stigmatized dangerous driving behavior. For example, what do people go to when discussing distracted driving? They often focus on texting while driving. But all forms of distracted driving have the potential to cause that much harm. This is especially true of drowsy driving. If someone falls asleep at the wheel, they are incapable of reacting to anything at all. This may contribute to the high fatality rate of drowsy driving crashes.

Drowsy driving affects the annual crash statistics. It contributes tens of thousands of yearly crashes. These crashes were all preventable. Drowsy drivers must understand the impact they have. They cause injuries and even deaths that would otherwise never happen. This is why getting behind the wheel while tired is such a big risk.