Did you know that missing a couple of hours of sleep doubles the risk of a car crash? We have paraphrased the following excerpts from an article by that appeared on the CBS News site on December 6, 2016. Please see the link below for the full article.
According to the research from 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, according to new research from the AAA.
The report reveals that drivers who miss 2-3 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period more than quadrupled their risk of a crash — the same crash risk the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration associates with drunk driving!
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.
Specifically, the results found that drivers who got:
Yet, alarmingly, more than half of drivers involved in fatigue-related crashes experienced no symptoms before falling asleep behind the wheel.
The National Sleep Foundation’s recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night, is essential for safe driving.
Planning a road trip? AAA recommends these helpful tips:
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