Clearly falling asleep at the wheel is beyond dangerous for any driver. Not only are you putting yourself at risk, but every other driver on the road can suffer from your drowsiness. Falling asleep at the wheel is bad enough, but even just driving while you’re tired is extremely dangerous and can result in being less attentive, slow reaction time, and can even affect your ability to make good decisions.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2.5% of fatal crashes and 2% of injury crashes involve drowsy driving. This equates to anywhere from 5,000 – 6,000 fatal crashes per year! That’s some startling drowsy driving statistics to think about.
According to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2005 Sleep in America poll, 60% of adult drivers – about 168 million people – say they have driven a vehicle while feeling drowsy in the past year, and more than one-third, (37% or 103 million people), have actually fallen asleep while at the wheel.
Drowsy driving is no joke, so if you’re tired and thinking about getting behind the wheel, think about the negative risks associated, and instead maybe go take a nap.
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