AAA warns against drowsy driving this holiday season

December 07, 2016 - 1:39 am
With people getting ready to hit the road for holiday travels, AAA warns drivers to avoid drowsy driving.

According to the AAA Foundation report, you double the chances of getting into a wreck if you only get 5 or 6 hours of sleep, and the risk increases by 11 if you get less than four hours of shut eye. 

Spokesman Don Redman says being tired behind the wheel is a form of impairment.

“If there suddenly comes a breaking need, you’re really slow to react. It’s almost like you are impaired as if you were having a couple of cocktails,” Redman said.

Redman says nearly 21% of fatal crashes result in people falling asleep behind wheel, resulting in about 7,500 fatalities nationwide a year. He says it’s no surprise most drowsy driving is reported between 2 am and 5 am. But he says a lot of people admit to being tired behind the wheel in broad daylight.

“Twelve hours later in that period between 2 in the afternoon and 5 in the evening, almost an equal number of people are falling asleep behind the wheel,” Redman said.

AAA finds that nearly one in three drivers admitted to drowsy driving at least once in the past month. Redman says there are ways people can avoid being tired while driving on long trips.

“Every hundred miles, every 2 hours, get out of your vehicle and move around. Obviously the best thing to avoid falling asleep behind the wheel is to get more sleep,” Redman said.
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