Drowsy Driving: A Bigger Problem Than You May Think

Drowsy driving is a major problem in the United States.  The risk, danger, and often tragic results of drowsy driving are alarming.  Drowsy driving is the dangerous combination of driving and sleepiness or fatigue.  This usually happens when a driver has not slept enough, but it can also happen due to untreated sleep disorders, medications, drinking alcohol, or shift work.

No one knows the exact moment when sleep comes over their body.  Falling asleep at the wheel is clearly dangerous but being sleepy affects your ability to drive safely even if you don’t fall asleep.

Drowsiness:

  • Makes drivers less able to pay attention to the road.
  • Slows reaction time if you have to brake or steer suddenly.
  • Affects a driver’s ability to make good decisions.

Did you know?

An estimated 1 in 25 adult drivers (aged 18 years or older) report having fallen asleep while driving in the previous 30 days.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that drowsy driving was responsible for 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries, and 800 deaths in 2013.  However, these numbers are underestimated and up to 6,000 fatal crashes each year may be caused by drowsy drivers.

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