According to a recent study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 24 adults in America admit to recently falling asleep while driving a vehicle.
In total, four percent of Americans said they fell asleep at least once while behind the wheel in the last month according to a telephone survey conducted by CDC of 147,000 adults. Researchers found that sleepy driving was more common with men, drivers between the ages of 25 to 34, people who averaged less than six hours of sleep a night, and, oddly enough, residents in the state of Texas.
According to the U.S. government, approximately 3 percent of fatal traffic accidents involve drowsy drivers, though some have put the estimates as high as 33 percent. Even nodding off ever so slightly while traveling at 60 mph can be dangerous – a single second means speeding along 88 feet, the length of two school buses.
So if you’re ever feeling tired behind the wheel, make a stop to get out and walk around, or pull over somewhere safe and take a quick nap.
[Source: National Post]