Don’t Drive Drowsy: Facts and Risks

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drowsy-drivingDrowsy Driving is a dangerous duo, mixing driving and fatigue.

The AAA Foundation estimates that 328,000 crashes are the result of driver fatigue each year. However, these figures may only be the tip of the iceberg, seeing as it is difficult to attribute crashes to drowsiness. Drowsy Driving is a dangerous duo, mixing driving and fatigue. It killed 846 people in 2014.

This can happen due to lack of sleep, sleeping disorders, drinking alcohol, or even taking medication. As a result, the driver may have slower reaction times, impaired thinking, and reduced vigilance. While falling asleep at the wheel is clearly dangerous, being sleepy behind the wheel affects your ability to drive safely. According to the CDC, an estimated 1 in 25 adults reported having fallen asleep while driving in the last month.

Who is at risk?

Many factors come into play when it comes to Drowsy Driving. Who is at risk? Data shows that shift workerscommercial drivers, young people, and adults with children are most likely at risk. Drivers who use medication that makes them sleepy or drivers with untreated sleep disorders are also at risk. Sleep deprivation increases the risk of a drowsy driving crash. As reported by AAA, people who sleep 6 to 7 hours a night are twice as likely to be involved in a crash as those sleeping 8 or more hours.

Learn the warning signs of Drowsy Driving.

If you experience any of the following warning signs, pull over to rest or change drivers.

  • Yawning or frequent blinking
  • Difficulty remembering the past few miles
  • Missing your exit
  • Drifting from your lane
  • Driving over the rumble strips on the side of the road

Coffee, energy drinks, loud music, and cold air are not effective ways to keep you alert.

Drowsy Driving can result in high personal and economic costs.

Multi-million dollar settlements have been awarded to families of crash victims as a result of lawsuits against individuals and businesses whose employees were involved in crashes.

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Implement a driver safety program in the workplace today.

Our course includes four modules:

Speeding
Distractions
Seat Belt Use
Drinking and Driving

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