As a passenger, how can I tell if a driver is driving while tired?

If you are a passenger in someone else’s car, there may be a way to tell if the driver is sleepy. Here are some warning signs that the driver may be driving drowsy:

  • Frequent yawning
  • Constant blinking and rubbing of the eyes
  • Tailgating
  • Driving on the rumble strip
  • Weaving inside your lane
  • Drifting from the lane into another or to the side of the road

Even if you don’t see these visible signs, the driver might tell you he or she is feeling tired and may put down the windows or stop off to get some coffee or soda. It is important to note that these efforts won’t help a person from falling asleep at the wheel. If a driver does these things, you should volunteer to drive or request the driver to pull over and take a nap.

Let the driver know driving while sleepy is very dangerous and it is considered impaired driving because a driver’s reactions and judgment are affected. Emphasize that driving while tired can be disastrous and should be avoided at all costs, and that you will not drive with him or her in that condition.

If you have been harmed as a result of a driver’s negligence, you may have rights for your damages. To find out more, contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld at 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766 to speak with an experienced South Florida injury lawyer.