The problem with driving when you’re tired is that, in many cases, people fail to realize that they’re about to fall asleep. That drowsy feeling we are all familiar with can set in extremely quickly, taking you on a very dangerous path, both literally and figuratively.
Forcing yourself to keep going when you feel really tired is a big mistake many drivers make. Signs such as repeated yawning, frequent blinking, heavy eyelids or wandering thoughts should be enough to ring anybody’s alarm bell; it means pull over and get some rest.
According to a study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation in the U.S., as many as 60% of Americans have driven while feeling sleepy, with 37% admitting to having actually fallen asleep at the wheel.
Stats like these alone should be enough to keep us awake at night – pun most definitely intended.
This particular accident didn’t happen in the U.S., though, but in Brazil, where the driver of this semi truck apparently was obviously not in full control of the vehicle. We count at least 20+ seconds of erratic behavior (mainly drifting away from the lane), at which point the driver was either already asleep or was experiencing extreme difficulty focusing.
Either way, a crash ensued, and it thankfully didn’t involve any other vehicles. We also hope the driver of the semi walked away without serious injuries.