AAA has released a new study regarding “drowsy driving”.
When people think of impaired driving, they automatically think of either drinking, drugs, cell phone and/or texting. But what about drowsy driving?
This is an epidemic that continues to grow. According to the AAA report, more than 21 percent of all fatal accidents involve drowsy driving.
Even more startling is that 6,400 deaths a year are caused because of drowsy driving. You hardly hear about these types of accidents because there are vastly under-reported.
Compared to drinking and texting, drowsy driving has a wide discrepancy in its statistics. Simply put, it’s harder to prove.
If you know you are going to be on the road for awhile and if you feel tired, don’t get behind the wheel.
It’s not worth it. These types of accidents continue to grow and are most commonly seen among the trucking industry.
How do you prevent drowsy driving? Here are a few steps to take to make sure you are okay to drive.
- If you’re traveling for a long amount of time, take breaks. There are rest stops for a reason.
- If you feel that you are getting tired, have someone else drive. Don’t take a chance.
- Make sure you’re well-rested before getting behind a wheel.
- Stay focused on the road. Don’t let yourself get too comfortable while driving. Driving alert and aware is extremely important
These tips might seem pretty basic, but people obviously are not getting the
the message. How do we know? 6,400 death and thousands of more injury accidents says so.
Don’t drive drowsy. The consequences are simply not worth the risk