Daily Brief: 2016.12.07
Sleep Deprivation and Car Crashes
According to a study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers who get just one to two hours less than the recommended seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period nearly double their risk for a car crash. Furthermore, Furthermore, drivers who miss 2-3 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period more than quadrupled their risk of a crash.
(Sources: CBS News, U.S. News)
The report analyzed a representative sample from the NHTSA’s National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey. A total of 7,234 drivers who were involved in 4,571 crashes were surveyed. Each crash involved at least one vehicle that was towed from the scene and resulted in emergency medical services being dispatched to the scene. The analysis showed that the crash risk for sleep-deprived drivers increased steadily when compared to drivers who slept the recommended seven hours a night or more.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1 in 25 adult drivers (aged 18 years or older) report having fallen asleep while driving in the previous 30 days. Furthermore, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that drowsy driving was responsible for 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries, and 800 deaths in 2013.
(Source: CDC, Drowsy Driving)
- Travel at times when you’d normally be awake and schedule a break every two hours or every 100 miles.
- Travel with an alert passenger and take turns driving.
- Avoid medications that can cause drowsiness or other impairment. (Source: AAA)