Everyone who has ever taken a long-distance road trip will know how you have to fight against drowsiness and sleepiness. A significant number of car accidents in Kentucky and across the country results from drowsy driving. Although the monotony of driving can contribute to this problem, researchers have determined the phenomenon behind sleepiness while driving.
Although the study’s final results are not yet available, researchers believe that the vibrations of a vehicle play a significant role in causing sleepiness. To determine the vibration level that causes drowsiness, they used simulators and tested participants in the study at different vibration frequencies. The virtual simulator was set up to replicate the conditions typical of a two-lane highway.
Volunteers had to drive the simulator for 60 minutes with no vibrations and another 60 minutes with a low vibration frequency. Their heart rate variances were monitored throughout, and the results were telling. When they drove at low-frequency vibrations, the volunteers became drowsy within the first 15 minutes of driving. Their sleepiness increased as they continued to drive, peaking at 60 minutes.
The research is far from complete, but the initial information is valuable. It is often said that driving while drowsy can be compared to driving under the influence of alcohol. Therefore, it is up to drivers to take the necessary steps to avoid drowsy driving.
Drivers must keep in mind that, even if they take steps to stay alert, other drivers might not. Victims of car accidents in Kentucky caused by other parties’ drowsy driving might have to deal with mountains of medical bills, hospitalization, rehabilitation therapy and lost wages. However, they could pursue financial relief by filing personal injury lawsuits in a civil court.