Did you know that after 21 hours without sleep, a driver is as effective as a drunk driver?
People think it won’t happen to them, but ‘drowsy drivers’ are 3.5 times more likely to crash, and often do. One recent study from the AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety concluded that 6% of motor vehicle crashes involved a drowsy driver. Their data suggests approximately 328,000 such crashes occur annually. The same study showed drowsy driving was a factor in 21% of crashes in which someone was killed.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tracked 3,400 drivers from six states for more than 5.4 million driving trips. In-vehicle video cameras and sensors revealed that drivers who showed signs of being drowsy were three and a half times more likely to be involved in a car crash than drivers who were not drowsy.
In a 2015 AAA survey of 2,545 drivers, nearly 45 percent reported having fallen asleep at the wheel at least once in their lifetime. Ten percent of the drivers said they had fallen asleep in the previous year!
There is no substitute for sleep. Even caffeine can only provide temporary alertness, and not at all if someone is already sleep-deprived. If you need rest, stay off the roads and get some – or you may be getting rest in a hospital bed or coffin.
Thanks to: Huffington Post