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
Fatigue and Sleepiness Major Safety Risk in Ridesharing Industry
NSC Safety + Health: ​Fatigue and sleepiness are inherent safety risks for ridesharing drivers and their passengers, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine declares in a position statement. 

Contributing factors include drivers' work schedules, which often take place in the evening or during off time from a primary job. Those nontraditional times are when sleepiness can peak, American Academy of Sleep Medicine states. 

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Drowsy-Driving Crashes: Naturalistic Driving Study
AAA: This Research Brief describes a study that examined the prevalence of driver drowsiness immediately prior to crashes that occurred in the context of a large-scale naturalistic driving study in which the driving of more than 3,500 people was monitored continuously for a period of several months using in-vehicle cameras and other data collection equipment. Drowsiness was assessed using a validated measure that is based on the percentage of time that a person’s eyes are closed. Using this measure, drowsiness was identified in 8.8%–9.5% of all crashes examined and 10.6%–10.8% of crashes that resulted in significant property damage, airbag deployment, or injury.

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NHTSA Drowsy Driving Prevention Campaign
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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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