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Drowsy Driving

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It’s been a long day and you could catch some z’s. But you are almost home. Just a few more minutes. Problem is, those few minutes spent driving tired could turn into a lifetime of consequences if you doze off. Drowsy driving is not any safer than driving impaired. It’s important to make sure you have enough sleep before driving so you are alert and ready to handle the task of driving.

So whether it is a long road trip or short trip after a long day, it is important to know signs you are sleepy and take the necessary steps to avoid driving drowsy.

Safety Tips

Signs of Driver Fatigue

  • Frequent yawning or blinking
  • Daydreaming
  • Difficulty remembering the past few miles driven
  • Missing an exit
  • Drifting from lane or hitting a rumble strip

Drivers at most risk

  • Commercial drivers (large trucks, tow trucks, tractor trailers or buses) who travel long distances and often at night
  • Graveyard shift workers
  • Employees working long hours
  • People with untreated sleep disorders

Tips for drivers

  • ​Get enough sleep (at least 7 hours)
  • If traveling long distances, take a break every two hours or 100 miles
  • Take turns with another driver on road trips
  • Avoid alcohol or medications that cause drowsiness
  • If you are sleepy, pull over to a safe place like a highway rest area or parking lot and take a 15-20 minute nap

Facts

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People were killed in drowsy driving related crashes in 2017
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More likely to be in a car crash when driving tired
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Crashes involved drowsy driving in 2017
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The longer you are awake, the more it impacts your ability to drive. Being awake for 24 hours is similar to have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .10%, which is above the .08% limit
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More than 50% of drowsy driving crashes involved drivers under the age of 25
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Drowsy driving crashes occur most often between midnight and 6 a.m.
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