One in five fatal accidents on American roads involves a drowsy driver, according to a report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Unfortunately, driving while sleepy is common in today’s world. The consequences can be tragic.
The National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project urges every driver to take responsibility for staying “Awake at the Wheel” by:
- Making it a daily priority to get sufficient sleep
- Refusing to drive when sleep deprived
- Recognizing the signs of drowsiness
- Pulling off the road to a safe location when sleepy
“Drowsiness is similar to alcohol in how it compromises driving ability by reducing alertness and attentiveness, delaying reaction times, and hindering decision-making skills,” said Dr. Nathaniel Watson, spokesperson for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. “Drowsy driving is deadly, but it can be prevented.”