In 2014 there were over 800 deaths related to drowsy driving, that made just over two percent of deaths in the US. Drowsy driving is selfish and completely fixable. Just like drunk driving, it's often the cause of someone not planning out their schedule right. You can easily plan for another driver or just plan to make sure you get the sleep you need each night. Here are some statistics I found on drowsy driving.
- 1 out of 25 drivers report falling asleep at the wheel within the last month
- Adults from 18-28 are much more likely to fall asleep at the wheel than other age groups
- Men are nearly twice as likely to fall asleep at the wheel than women
- Texas has one of the worst records of drowsy drivers
- Drowsy driving is one of the top 10 causes of death
An article on enddd.org tells a story of an Alex Willis, who's mom fell asleep at the wheel and killed her son. Her son was only about 19 years old when he tragically lost his life. His mother, Nancy Willis, was interviewed and is now an outspoken member against drowsy driving. She witnessed firsthand all of the damages that can happen because of negligent driving.
What You Can Do
You are able to learn the signs of reckless driving and when to stay off the road. If you're excessively yawning and generally just feel tired, it may be a time for a break. Your backseat can be a great bed for an hour or two until you feel ready enough to drive again. A car is literally a machine that runs off of explosions, probably not the best idea to drive it while tired.
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