Did you know that ‘drowsy driving’ is another form of dangerous, impaired driving that goes largely unrecognized. In fact, studies show that being awake more than 20 hours results in the same level of impairment as having a blood alcohol level of .08. Drowsy driving and intoxicated driving cause some of the same side effects, which include: impairments in judgment, vision, performance and reaction time.
Here Is What You Need To Know About Drowsy Driving
How dangerous is it to drive when you are drowsy?
According to the UCLA Sleep Disorder Center, sleep-related crashes are oftentimes fatal due to the fact that the driver did not make a last second attempt to avoid the accident. For example, the driver did not brake or swerve to avoid a crash.
Who is most likely to be involved in drowsy driving accident?
- Young and inexperienced drivers
- People who work night shift, long hours, rotating shifts or more than one job
- People with untreated sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea or narcolepsy
- People who travel frequently for business that may be suffering from jet lag or are crossing time zones
- People who use medications with sedative side effects
How many accidents occur in Florida due to drowsy driving?
In 2011, 2,826 crashes in Florida resulted from fatigued driving. In addition, 21 people were killed and 2,393 were injured that same year.
How many accidents occur nationwide due to drowsy driving?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 100,000 crashes per year occur due to sleep-related accidents.
How common is drowsy driving?
A recent survey by Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD revealed that 56 percent of teen drivers admitted to driving drowsy at least once. A separate survey by the National Sleep Foundation showed that 30 percent of Americans admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel at least once.
How do I know if I am too sleepy to drive?
If you notice any of the following, you are most likely too drowsy to drive:
- You are having trouble staying focused on the road, keeping your eyes open and your head up.
- You are yawning or rubbing your eyes repeatedly.
- You are daydreaming and experiencing wandering thoughts.
- You are drifting from your lane frequently, tailgating other vehicles or missing signs or exits.
- You feel restless, irritable or aggressive.
- You are forced to turn the radio up or roll the windows down to stay awake.
- You have a slow reaction time and poor judgment.
- You are unable to remember the last few driven miles.
When is Florida’s Drowsy Driving Prevention Week this year?
Florida’s Drowsy Driving Prevention Week is November 6th – 13th, 2016. The purpose is to educate and raise awareness to Florida driver’s of the dangers involved in driving while drowsy. For more information visit http://drowsydriving.org/.
What types of medication typically cause drowsiness?
- Sleeping pills
- Narcotic pain pills
- Some high-blood pressure pills
- Cold or cough tablets/liquids
- Some anti-histamines
- Muscle relaxants