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0 Comments | Nov 09, 2017

Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

The National Sleep Foundation is observing Drowsy Driving Prevention Week from November 5-12. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that there is an average of 83,000 crashes per year due to drowsy driving. Even more importantly, their data indicates that those accidents are responsible for over 800 fatalities per year. Additional research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the Massachusetts Special Commission on Drowsy Driving frighteningly estimate that drowsy driving could be a factor in 5000-8000 fatal accidents and over one million crashes per year.

 

The NSF provides several tips to help avoid drowsy driving:

  • Get a full night’s sleep of 7-9 hours
  • Travel during your normal waking hours
  • Don’t drive if you’ve been awake for more than 24 hours
  • Take breaks every 2 hours or 100 miles
  • Drink something with caffeine if you’re sleepy

 

Although impossible to empirically prove, the estimates for accidents with drowsy driving as a causal factor are staggering. Being well rested is critical to awareness and responsiveness on the road. So, get a good night’s sleep before hitting the road!

 

 

 

 

Sources:

https://sleepfoundation.org/drowsy-driving

https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drowsy-driving