Drowsy Driving Facts & Tips

 

Facts

Drowsy driving crashes are obviously under reported. In Nebraska from 2010 to 2014, a total of 1,453 fatigued/asleep crashes were reported of which 11 were fatal and 687 involved injuries.

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conservatively estimates that 100,000 crashes per year are caused by drowsy driving, resulting in more than 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in monetary losses. Surveys have indicated that 20% of drivers admit that they have fallen asleep behind the wheel in the past year.

 

Some Signs of Driver Fatigue
  • Inability to focus eyes and keeping head up, eyelids feel heavy
  • Yawning and rubbing eyes
  • Wandering and disconnected thoughts
  • Drifting within the driving lane, missing signs or exits
  • Turning up radio and/or rolling window down
  • Slower reaction time
Highest Risk Drowsy Drivers
  • Business travelers who frequently cross time zones
  • Commercial drivers who drive many miles and drive at night
  • Young drivers, especially males 16-25 of age
  • Shift workers, working nights or rotating shifts or working more than one job
  • Individuals with untreated sleep disorders

 

Recommendations to Help Prevent Driver Fatigue
  • Get regular exercise and healthy balanced diet
  • Aim for seven or eight hours of sleep
  • Avoid driving alone when possible
  • Take breaks every two hours or 100 miles
  • Avoid alcohol and medication that may impair
  • Keep driver’s area cool and ventilated
  • If necessary, pull over and take a power nap no longer than 15 – 20 minutes