Spring break is a long-standing tradition, but it does come with a downside—lack of sleep. This, in turn, results in distracted driving.
Spring break is a long-standing tradition in the United States as many young adults head to warmer climates in hopes of getting away from the stress of classes. While many may be quick to point the finger at alcohol, there have been multiple studies done about the lack of sleep in relation to distracted driving accidents.
Sitting on the beach during the day and going out at night leaves little time for sleep during spring break. Not to mention that typically the week before spring break is midterms. With long nights of studying for exams and stress running high, by the time spring break comes around, everyone is ready for a break. But many are beyond exhaustion.
The moment the last exam is over, students are piling into cars and hitting the road for a destination away from the schoolbooks. Since most students are looking for a cheap vacation, they opt for driving over flying. While this saves money in the long run, exhaustion and a long drive are two things that do not mix.
Driving on a long, never-ending highway when you are tired can cause you to swerve between lanes or even drive across the median into oncoming traffic. Being in a new area and not knowing your surroundings makes for dangerous driving as well. Driving slowly while looking for turns and then turning late into streets is hazardous when you are so exhausted from a long trip.
Remember to get enough rest before getting into the driver’s seat and take turns switching between drivers during the drive. Nothing is worse than getting into an accident on spring break and having to deal with the costs and possible injuries as well.
Pekin Insurance works to help drivers get to their destinations safely by educating them on the various forms of distracted driving with the program Focus to the Finish. For more information and tips on distracted driving, visit focus2thefinish.com.