Drowsy Driving
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Drowsy Driving is a common driver issue where the driver's attention is diverted from driving responsibilities from tiredness, lack of sleep or boredom.  Here are some useful tips to combat Drowsy Driving:

  • Find a rest-stop where you can stretch and walk around
  • Find a place to get a snack or a cup of coffee
  • Turn the radio volume up loud
  • Roll down your windows
  • Chew gum or eat sunflower seeds while driving
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Acute Sleep Deprivation and Risk of Motor Vehicle Crash Involvement
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety:Car crashes rank among the leading causes of death in the United States.

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Drivers Beware: Crash Rate Spikes with Every Hour of Lost Sleep
NPR: Traffic safety officials regularly warn us of the risks of driving while drunk or distracted. But Americans still need to wake up to the dangers of getting behind the wheel when sleepy, according to a recent study of crash rates. A report released Tuesday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests that drivers who sleep only five or six hours in a 24-hour period are twice as likely to crash as drivers who get seven hours of sleep or more.

The less sleep the person behind the wheel gets, the higher the crash rate, according to the findings. For instance, drivers in the study who got only four or five hours of shut-eye had four times the crash rate — close to what's seen among drunken drivers.

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Understanding Drowsy Driving and What States Can Do
GHSA: Sleep is one of the great equalizers. Everyone needs it. In fact, experts stress that we should devote one-third of our day to catching those all important Zzzz’s (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health [NIH], 2011). However, research confirms that we simply are not getting enough sleep. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than one-third of U.S. adults report sleeping less than seven hours a day – the optimal time needed for good health and well being (Liu et al., 2016). That means that nearly 83.6 million sleep-deprived people are in the workplace, at school and on the road.

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