Inthere were crashes that were attributed to drowsy driving, slightly higher than the prior five-year average of crashes. A December study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic and Safety found that drivers who usually sleep for less than 5 hours daily, drivers who have slept for less than 7 hours in the past 24 hours, and drivers who have slept for 1 or more hours less than their usual amount of sleep in the past 24 hours have significantly elevated crash rates. The estimated rate ratio for crash involvement associated with driving after only hours of sleep compared with 7 hours or more is similar to the U. This figure does not include property damage.
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The National Academies Press; Drowsy driving, also known as fatigued driving is extreme tiredness or exhaustion that occurs while you're engaged in driving activities. Since all of your focus needs to be aimed at the road, it's very risky to drive when you're struggling to stay awake.
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. The Expert Panel on Driver Fatigue and Sleepiness especially acknowledges Joy Mara of Joy R. Mara Communications for her assistance in the writing of this report.
Drowsy Driving is Impaired Driving. According to the American Sleep Foundation, about half of U.S. adult drivers admit to consistently getting behind the wheel while feeling drowsy.
Drowsy driving causes a lot of accidents. 37% of us have actually fallen asleep while driving. Yes, million Americans have fallen asleep at the wheel. If you haven’t slept in 24 hours, you’re just as impaired as if you were legally drunk.
American drivers, medical researchers at Harvard have a message for you: Wake up.