When Georgia residents lose one hour of rest for daylight saving time, drowsiness could seep in. This fatigue could become a major hazard when they get behind the wheel. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety upholds the opinion that everyone should get seven hours of sleep a night. Furthermore, the foundation claims that those who skip one to two hours of rest in a 24-hour period nearly double their chances for a crash.
AAA also states that someone who only sleeps five hours in a 24-hour period will be as impaired on the road as a driver who exceeds the legal limit for alcohol. The safety organization thus recommends that all drivers adjust their sleep schedules prior to daylight saving time. Only adequate sleep can prevent drowsiness.
When driving, it is important to recognize the fatigue warning symptoms, which include lane drifting, difficulty keeping eyes open and remembering the previous few miles one has traveled. Drivers may consider taking a nap after recognizing these signs. Short-term tactics like drinking coffee and opening the window are not long-term solutions.
Three in 10 respondents to a recent AAA survey admitted to driving while seriously fatigued at least once in the prior month. However, 95 percent of the same survey respondents said they view drowsy driving as unacceptable.
A drowsy driver who causes an auto accident may be considered negligent. In such cases, an injured crash victim may want to consult with a lawyer about the state's negligence laws. If the plaintiff has good grounds for a claim, the lawyer may assist with the filing and negotiation process.