The accident risk rose along with the frequency of self-reported sleepy driving. For example, drivers who admitted to having driven while sleepy a few times within the past year were 1.5 times more likely to have an accident than drivers who said they did not drive while they were sleepy. Drivers who answered that they drove while sleepy about once a month had a three-fold higher risk of a serious accident.
The bottom line, according to the researchers: Even though some drivers recognize they may be too sleepy to drive, they rarely pull over and rest to avoid an accident. More preventive measures are needed to educate motorists of the potential dangers of driving while sleepy, the French team said.
[Forbes Health, 23 June 2006]
Another classic case of you-know-what-is-wrong-yet-you-deliberately-do-it. How many drivers are guilty of these? Even doctors are guilty of these irresponsible driving episodes. I've heard of professional truck and jeepney drivers who consume illegal drugs like shabu --- that's "speed" or methamphetamine --- just to stay awake while driving, but that info is anecdotal at best. It's also a very stupid solution to a problem that can be remedied by taking a quick nap.
If you're already on the road and drowsy driving, pull over in a safe area, and doze off for an hour or so, before driving again. Don't worry if you will miss an appointment or be late. 'Better those outcomes than arrive dead, or be held responsible for the injuries and deaths of other innocent bystanders and motorists.
Driving in Metro Manila is already hazardous whether one feels sleepy or not. In a place where traffic lights and traffic rules exist only for decorative purposes, dizzy driving will assure you of an instant trip to the pearly gates (granting you've been good down here). Trust me, listen to your body when it cries for sleep and you won't regret it.