One out of seven licensed drivers ages 16 to 24 reported dozing off at least once while driving in the past year, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety,
One out of 10 licensed drivers of all ages in the survey admitted they fell asleep behind the wheel in the last year.
This confirms previous AAA studies that found drivers 16 to 24 were more likely than drivers ages 40 to 59 to be drowsy at the time of a crash.
“Research shows that fatigue impairs safe driving, with many symptoms causing drivers to behave in ways similar to those who are intoxicated,” AAA President Robert Darbelnet said in a statement last week.
Signs of drowsy driving include:
Trouble remembering the last miles driven or missing exits and traffic signs
Difficulty keeping your eyes open and focused
Yawning frequently or rubbing your eyes repeatedly
Drifting from your lane or off the road
Daydreaming or having wandering, disconnected thoughts.
The National Sleep Foundation’s Drowsy Driving Prevention Week is from Nov. 12 to 18. For more information, see www.drowsydriving.org.
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