Are you getting enough sleep? The matter is that a lot of people aren’t and the result is dangerous. In the U.S. approximately 100 000 police-reported crashes annually involve as a principle reason. Deadly ignorance about tired driving is putting lives at risk as an estimated 2.3 million drivers have dozed off behind the wheel.
According to the Farmers survey, almost three times as many men (15.9 percent) as women (5.8 percent) said they had fallen asleep while driving. Those ages 55 to 64 had the highest percentage of any age group surveyed.
Nowadays the researchers have no doubt that every driver has nodded off while driving only to be woken up by the edge of the road or even worse, hitting a road barrier. The research shows that the chances of falling asleep at the wheel and consequently of accident occurrence are greater in the early morning and most likely when the driver is an hour or so short of home. The only way to avoid the crash, which under these circumstances will happen sooner or later, is not to start a long or short drive while being tired, and not to continue it when drowsiness sets in.