Have you ever been driving and realized you are further than you thought? Have you been so tuned into the music that you drifted off, or been driving at night fighting to keep your eyelids open? You are not alone. One in 25 adult drivers admitted to falling asleep at the wheel in the last month, according to research carried out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Even if you manage to avoid falling asleep, feeling sleepy is dangerous when driving: Your concentration is not as sharp and your reactions are slower. Road builders know this; that is why they put textured rumble strips along the side of lanes — to wake you up if you do drift.

Certain people are more at risk than others: those who drive for a living, those who work night shifts, those who have sleep issues and those on certain prescription drugs.

There are some things you should do to reduce the chance of dozing while driving. Try to get a good night of sleep and when possible, stick to regular hours for going to bed. Turn off your screens before you go to bed; they affect your brain’s ability to switch off properly. Check any medicines to ensure they do not cause drowsiness.

Be aware and take extra precautions if you see another vehicle starting to drift on the road.  You do not want to be around other drivers who are dozing off.  If you suffer injuries in an accident caused by a tired driver in Northern Virginia, you need to understand the legal options available to you.  This office has represented many clients who were the victims of another driver falling asleep at the wheel.