Driving While Drowsy

  • Driving drowsy can be just as dangerous as driving drunk.  Teenagers, older adults, and those who are sleep-deprived are among the highest risk groups. (AAA Study and "Asleep at the Wheel," CBS This Morning, December 6, 2016)
Statistics
  • Sleep-deprived drivers who miss 2-3 hours of sleep a day, quadruple their risk of getting in a crash, compared to drivers who get at least 7 hours. 

    1 in 5 crashes where someone dies in that crash involves a driver who was drowsy or hadn't had enough sleep the night before.  (AAA Study and "Asleep at the Wheel," CBS This Morning, December 6, 2016)

  • Staying awake for 24 hours can leave you as tired and impaired as someone with a .l0 alcohol level.  
What You Can Do
  • To avoid drowsiness while driving –
    • Take a break every 100 miles.
    • Take turns driving with a partner.
    • Pull over and rest.
    • Do not start your trip at night.  
    • Do not rely on rolling down the window or turning on the radio—they do NOT work!