In support of The National Sleep Foundation’s (NSF) campaign to prevent drowsy driving, we are highlighting the dangers of #DrowsyDriving. Drivers can often recognize the signs of their fatigue, but too frequently underestimate how soon they will fall asleep. Before getting behind the wheel, ask yourself, “Am I alert enough to drive?”
The risks of drunk driving and distracted driving are widely recognized. However, drowsy driving can also be as hazardous. In fact, 100,000 reported crashes are a direct result of drowsy driving each year. These crashes lead to 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and $12.5 billion in monetary losses. 1
Drowsy driving can be prevented! Drivers who consistently get at least 8 hours of sleep each night are at significantly lower risk of drowsy driving. For most people this is attainable via lifestyle adjustments (See Tips for Better Sleep). It is more difficult however, for those who suffer from a sleep disorder.
People with sleeping disorders are at a greater continued risk of drowsy driving. If you think you or a loved one should have a sleep test – see Patient Info to take nest steps!
1 National Sleep Foundation. Facts About Drowsy Driving. Sept 2016. Drowsydriving.com.