One in eight fatal crashes involves a sleepy driver. Here's how you can make sure you stay wide awake behind the wheel.
Wake up! Occasionally we drive when we’re sleepy. Bad idea. Of every eight fatal crashes, one involves a drowsy driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Sleepiness slows reaction times and impairs judgment; people who are very sleepy drive much like people who are drunk.
To prevent drowsiness:
If you begin to feel drowsy while driving:
Drivers ages 16 to 24 have nearly three times more risk of sleep-related crashes than more mature drivers. Young drivers should be especially careful to:
For more strategies, visit AAA.com/drivingtips .
This article was first published in November 2011. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.