Drowsy driving is a huge traffic safety issue in the United States.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines drowsy driving as the “dangerous combination of driving and sleepiness or fatigue.” Typically, this occurs because a driver has not slept enough, but it can also be caused by a sleep disorder, alcohol, medication, or work schedules.
A new study by Arizona State University has found that Americans report that they are sleeping less. If Americans are getting less sleep, this naturally results in more drowsy drivers on the roads.
Drowsy Driving Facts
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving accidents were responsible for 795 deaths in 2017. This was 2.1 percent of total fatalities in 2017.
However, these numbers are underestimated. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, up to 6,000 fatal crashes each year may be caused by drowsy drivers. Underreporting is likely due to drivers being unaware of their level of drowsiness, reluctance to disclose that they fell asleep or were tired, and fatality of the drowsy driver.
Who Are These Drowsy Drivers?
Drivers who are most likely to get drowsy on the road and cause motor vehicle crashes include:
- Drivers who did not get enough hours of sleep
- Commercial drivers like truck drivers or bus drivers
- Drivers with untreated sleep disorders like sleep apnea, insomnia, or narcolepsy
- Workers who work late night or long shifts
- Drivers who are taking medication that make them sleepy
However, drowsy driving can happen to anyone.
Signs of Drowsy Driving
How can we prevent drowsy driving crashes? One way to prevent the car crashes that can result from sleepy drivers is to recognize the signs of drowsy driving. You should pull over to a rest stop/safe place or change drivers if you are experiencing any of these signs. This will significantly reduce your crash risk.
What are some warning signs of driver fatigue?
- Drifting out of your lane
- Frequent yawning or blinking
- Missing your exit
- Hitting a rumble strip
- Difficulty remembering the past few miles
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