Drowsy Driving Prevention week is November 5th through 12th. Drowsy Driving Prevention Week brings awareness to the perils of driving while sleep deprived. We believe fatigue is a major safety issue:
- 97% of those polled see drowsy driving as a threat to safety
- Drowsy drivers are responsible for 20% of all motor vehicles crashes each year
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates 100,000 police-reported crashes directly related to driver fatigue.
- Drowsy driving has been estimated to cause 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in monetary losses
- Obstructive sleep apnea is a significant cause of motor vehicle crashes (resulting in a two- to seven-fold increased risk)
Alert at the Wheel
Fatigue is Dangerous
Avoid Drowsy Driving
Because it is so dangerous, you need to recognize when you are at risk. Everyone knows what sleepy feels like. If you are yawning, daydreaming, nodding off, or can’t remember the last few miles, you are driving dangerously.
Most crashed occur between 4 AM to 6 AM, midnight to 2AM, and 2 to 4 PM. Your risk increased if you are driving for long period of times especially on deserted rural highways. Staying awake for over 18 hours is the equivalent of a .08 blood alcohol level (that’s legally drunk).
- Get adequate sleep– 7 to 9 hours for adults
- Schedule proper breaks if driving long distances
- Take a nap
- Get tested and treated for sleep apnea