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Drowsy Driving


697 people were killed in drowsy-driving related crashes in 2019.
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According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, 1 in 25 drivers surveyed reported that they had fallen asleep while driving in the past 30 days.
More than 50% of drowsy driving crashes involved drivers under the age of 25.

Signs of Driver Fatigue

  • Yawning or blinking frequently
  • Wandering or disconnected thoughts (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 and employees on rotating or long shifts
  • Young drivers
  • People with untreated sleep disorders

Preventing Driver Sleepiness

  • Get enough sleep (7 to 9 hours for adults)
  • Stick to a consistent sleep schedule
  • Avoid driving alone. Drowsy driving crashes often involve drivers traveling alone
  • Take a break every two hours or 100 miles
  • Avoid alcohol or taking medications that can make you sleepy. Don’t drive after taking medications with a “may cause drowsiness” or other driving/operating machinery warning label.
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