AAA study: drowsy driving more unsafe than previously thought

The Risks of Driving While Drowsy Have Been Vastly Underestimated

The Risks of Driving While Drowsy Have Been Vastly Underestimated

It says driving while sleepy is eight times higher than federal estimates.

Naturalistic study confirmed fatal discrepancy with the official data: according to AAA, the real extent of the impact of sleepiness are quite different.

Prior research relied on reports from law enforcement who asked drivers whether they were drowsy in the moments after a crash. AAA experts questioned this statement and for many months watched more than 3,5 thousand motorists using special equipment and video cameras installed in the interior of the auto. It found that 9.5% of all crashes and 10.8% of all crashes resulting in significant property damage involved drowsiness. "Unfortunately, things like drinking coffee, turning the radio up really loud, singing, rolling down the windows to get air really do not cure drowsiness", she says. "Again. if you're too exhausted to drive, even if you're leaving work-of course, everyone wants get home from work-if you're exhausted, take a quick little nap before you hit the road".

"I try to stop at least every 2 hours", Hinz said.

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