What Are the Signs of Drowsy Driving?

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 37 percent of all drivers in 2002 admitted to feeling sleepy or falling asleep behind the wheel at least once. When a person is too tired to stay alert while operating a vehicle, his reaction time may be slowed and experience impaired thinking. Here are some major warning signs of drowsy driving:

Body language.

If you continue to yawn, find yourself “nodding off,” and can’t keep your head up or your eyes open, you should stop and rest.  

Trouble remembering.

If you can’t remember driving the last few miles, miss turns, or drive past your exit, you might be driving drowsy.


If you drift into another lane of traffic or onto the rumble strips on the shoulder of the road, you could be driving drowsy.  


Christopher L. Russo
Helping Rhode Island personal injury victims for nearly three decades to get the compensation they deserve.