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Why sleep is so important before driving

Adults in California and throughout the country should get a minimum of seven hours of sleep a night. This can reduce the chances that a driver gets into a car accident. According to the National Sleep Foundation, those who have not slept for at least two hours within any given 24-hour period should not drive under any circumstances. Furthermore, AAA says that driving on only five hours of sleep is similar to driving with a blood alcohol content over the legal limit. It can also double the risk of getting into a car accident.

There are several signs that a person might be too tired to drive. First, an individual may have trouble staying in his or her own lane. Next, a driver who is too tired to drive may forget the last few miles of driving. Finally, a fatigued driver will have a hard time keeping his or her eyes open.

This is because the body will eventually shut down regardless of how hard the brain works to stay awake. Therefore, anyone who is too tired to drive should only rely on actually sleeping to remedy the problem. In a recent AAA survey, three out of 10 respondents said that they had driven while they were significantly drowsy within the last month.

Even in minor car accidents, there is a chance that a victim could experience a brain injury, broken bones or whiplash. This could result in spending months in the hospital or out of work. Drivers and other parties who are negligent for an accident may be liable for damages such as hospital bills. Other potentially negligent parties may include a driver's employer, a parts manufacturer or a government agency tasked with keeping a road safe.

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