Could later school start times reduce accidents?

On Behalf of | Jul 29, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

The causes of why car accidents occur vary. A review of Louisiana vehicle collisions may reveal drunk, distracted, and reckless driving contributing to the incident. Not all motorists might understand how significant a role fatigue plays in crashes. One possible way to reduce fatigue-related accidents could entail changing the start time for high school students.

School start times and drowsy driving

Drowsy driving may result from someone working too many hours or taking medications that induce fatigue. Persons taking to the road when excessively sleepy might cause an accident, but some drivers believe they can’t avoid their morning commutes. Students that must arrive at school on time may feel this way as well.

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles presented a study that showed students found themselves involved in fewer crashes when commuting in a district when school start times were later. Perhaps additional rest cut down on drowsiness.

Drowsiness and driving

Even feeling “mildly” tired could increase the chances of an accident. Fatigue could reduce reaction time and awareness, making it harder for drivers to avoid accidents. With teen drivers, the combination of drowsiness and a lack of driving experience might add up to disaster.

Even parents or other adults that drive young ones to school could be at fault for drowsy driving motor vehicle accidents. A late night at work, along with an early morning trip to the local school, may result in a crash.

Not all crashes are “fender benders,” either. Fatal crashes may happen even at low speeds. Imagine a driver not noticing a pedestrian in a crosswalk until it is too late.