Heads Up! Are You Driving Drowsy?
WASHINGTON, April 21, 2015 – Drowsy DrivingDrowsy driving—it’s more dangerous than you think. Still, many of us do it, unknowingly endangering the lives of others. Find out more about drowsy driving and learn how to avoid it with these facts and tips.
Results of drowsy driving*:
Each year, drowsy driving causes hundreds of accidents, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates thousands more go undocumented.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that drowsy driving leads to 100,000 police-reported crashes each year, resulting in 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and a $12.5 billion cost to the economy.
Adults between 18 and 29 are the most likely to drive while drowsy (71% vs. 52% for 30- to 64-year-olds, or 19% for those aged 65 and over).
According to drowsydriving.org, people with children are more likely to drive while drowsy than people without children (59% vs. 45%).
How you can avoid driving when drowsy:
Get a full seven to nine hours of sleep.
Pull off the highway and take a 20-minute nap at a rest stop rather than fighting the urge to fall asleep.
Take a break every 100 miles or two hours.
During long highway trips, split driving duties with a companion.