Southern California is the perfect place for motorcyclists like you. The roads are often flat and the weather is sunny and warm most of the year. Unfortunately, more good bike-riding days means higher chances of running into dangerous drivers. Today we will take a look at the distinct risk that drowsy drivers can pose to you.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention find drowsy driving to be a big risk. Not only are they a danger to themselves and other drivers, but they are even more dangerous to motorcyclists. As a motorcyclist, you often face dangers that drivers of covered vehicles do not. Your vehicle is smaller and less protected. The chance of you taking a blow to your body is significantly higher. These weaknesses can all make brushes with drowsy drivers even more troublesome.
Drowsy driving is under the umbrella of distracted driving. This means that drowsy drivers often:
- Have lowered coordination
- Have difficulty concentrating
- Are unable to react to dangerous situations in good time
- May not even spot dangerous situations in time to react at all
Even alert and sober drivers have trouble spotting motorcyclists. The chance of a drowsy driver spotting you is even lower. Not only that, but even if they do see you, their reflexes tend to be slower. This makes avoiding a collision quite a difficult matter for them.
If you find yourself up against a drowsy driver or anyone else who is notably swerving or behaving in an odd manner, steering clear is your best bet. In doing so, you may avoid a collision.