The American Automobile Association (AAA) has released a study indicating that drowsy driving is more dangerous than once thought.
Jana L. Tidwell, manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic, stated that “missing two to three hours of sleep can more than quadruple your risk for a crash, which is the equivalent of driving drunk.”
To quantify the problem, drowsy driving was consider a factor in over 2,500 collisions in Pennsylvania in 2016, resulting in 25 fatalities. AAA’s study reported that 96% of drivers say drowsy driving is a threat to their safety, however nearly 30% of them admitted to participating in such behavior.
To combat drowsy driving, AAA recommends drivers schedule regular breaks, drive with an alert passenger, and take turns driving.
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