Unfortunately, there are many different factors that can influence the likelihood of being involved in a drunk driving accident. Despite the fact that drunk driving is on the books as illegal in all states across the United States, many people still engage in this behavior and put themselves and others at risk of a serious car accident.

However, it turns out that a new study indicates, based on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data that driving while you are tired could be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Although drunk driving is certainly an unfortunate situation that is completely preventable, it gets far more media attention than drowsy driving and it turns out that drowsy driving may deserve a little bit more awareness.

According to the American Automobile Association, approximately one-third of drivers had experienced drowsy driving in the past 30 days. After being awake for 21 hours, individuals tend to drive like someone who is legally drunk, exhibiting signs such as being unable to control speed, blowing past stop signs or weaving in and out of a lane. Many individuals underestimate the impact that drowsy driving can have on them and their driving. Both drowsy driving and drunk driving are extremely dangerous. Rather than taking the risk, take another way home or take some time to cool off. You might be under the impression that you’re fine, but it’s all too easy to end up in a severe accident if you’re not careful.