1. Not enough sleep can make you an impaired driver.
1. Staying up for more than 20 hours can make you as impaired as reaching the blood alcohol limit of 0.08%.
2. Over 100,000 accidents are caused by drowsy driving.
Did you know that driving while you’re sleep-deprived can be just as bad as drinking alcohol? According to The National Sleep Foundation, when you’re sleepy, you’re not only driving while impaired, but you could also have slower response times, experience impaired vision, and make bad decisions. The National Safety Council also warns that you’re also three times as likely to have a crash when you’re tired.
2. More than 100,000 accidents are caused by drowsy driving each year.
3. You don't have to be behind the wheel long.
And this number is likely an underestimate of the actual totals. The National Sleep Foundation reports that about 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries occur each year. Those who are more susceptible to this are night shift workers, tractor trailer drivers, those taking medications that cause drowsiness, and those with sleep disorders.
3. More than half of drivers (59%) were behind the wheel for less than an hour before falling asleep and getting into an accident.
4. Younger drivers were more likely to be involved in…
It’s stunning to hear that many drivers involved in a sleep-related crash were behind the wheel for less than an hour. It can also speak to how easy it is to fall asleep, especially after work or when your body is relaxing and disengaging while driving. While going into “auto-pilot mode” might be routine, it could help to deviate from the norm by stopping to get a caffeinated beverage before taking your drive.
4. Younger drivers (aged 16-24) were more likely to be involved in a crash.
5. Men (52%) were more likely to report falling asleep.
Many young drivers had almost double the likelihood of getting into a crash than drivers between the ages of 40 and 59 years old.
5. Men (52%) were more likely to report falling asleep behind the wheel than women (30%).
6. Just seconds of sleep is very dangerous.
More men reported falling asleep while driving than women. As a whole, more than half of Americans have admitted drifting off into sleep while driving within the past year.
6. You’re capable of driving the length of a football field during 4-5 seconds of micro-sleep.
Drifting off to sleep can put you at great risk, even if it’s for several seconds. You can travel about 100 yards in seconds, which is a significant distance in a little time.