Drowsy Driving, One Of The Most Under Reported Traffic Safety Issues

Drowsy Driving, One Of The Most Under Reported Traffic Safety Issues

The most in-depth drowsy driving research ever conducted in the U.S. has found that the percentage of crashes involving drowsiness is nearly eight times higher than federal estimates.  According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the difficulty in detecting drowsiness following a crash makes drowsy driving one of the most under reported traffic safety issues.  In a recent related AAA Foundation survey, 29 percent of drivers admitted to driving when they were so tired they had a hard time keeping their eyes open at some point in the past month.  Knowing the warning signs of drowsiness can help drivers avoid dozing off behind the wheel. The most common symptoms include:Having trouble keeping your eyes open, Drifting from your laneandNot remembering the last few miles driven.  Research shows, short term tactics like drinking coffee, singing, rolling down the window will not work -- the only antidote for drowsiness is sleep.  AAA recommends that drivers:Travel at times of the day when they are normally awake,Avoid heavy foods, Avoid medications that cause drowsiness or other impairmentand Do not underestimate the power of a quick nap.  Pullinginto a rest stop and taking a quick catnap, at least 20 minutes and no more than 30 minutes of sleep, can help to keep you alert on the road.

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