The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that 21 percent of fatal car accidents involve a drowsy driver. In 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that drowsy driving was responsible for 72,000 accidents, 44,000 personal injuries, and 800 deaths. Drowsy driving is all too common. In fact, an estimated 1 in 25 adult drivers over 18 has reported falling asleep while driving according to statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Here are some of the risks of drowsy driving and how you can protect yourself from these types of car accidents.
Risks of Drowsy Driving
In addition to the before mentioned statistics, drowsy driving is a major risk for not only the driver but also any other passengers in the vehicles as well as others driving on the road. Drowsy driving is not just falling asleep behind the wheel. Other risks of drowsy driving include sleepiness or fatigue as well as sleep disorders, medications, drinking alcohol or shift work. It is unclear of the exact moment when sleep comes over the body. Falling asleep at the wheel is clearly dangerous, but being sleepy affects your ability to drive as well. Being sleepy effects your ability to react in a timely manner, makes the driver less able to pay attention and effects good decision making.
How to Protect Yourself from Drowsy Driving
- Common signs of a drowsy driver include:
- Difficulty remembering the past few miles driven.
- Yawning or blinking frequently.
- Drifting in and out of your lane.
- Hitting the rumble strip on the side of the road.
- Missing your exit.
If you are experiencing any of these while driving, please pull over and rest or change drivers.
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