5 Habits To Help You Stay Alert at the Wheel
Consider this a wake-up call for drivers.
According to 2020 research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 95% of drivers view drowsy driving as very or extremely dangerous, but 17% admitted to driving when they were so tired that they had a hard time keeping their eyes open at least once in the 30 days before the survey. Drivers who have slept for less than five hours have a crash risk comparable to someone driving intoxicated, and drivers who miss one or two hours of sleep can nearly double their risk for a crash.
Despite the real dangers, drowsy driving doesn’t always garner the attention it should; some even call it the silent killer.
The best way to prevent crashes due to drowsy driving is to be proactive and not put yourself in the position of having to drive when you are—or could become—drowsy. Here are some recommendations.