According to a new study conducted by the AAA Traffic Safety Foundation, sleep deprivation can increase the risk of being involved in a severe, and potentially fatal, motor vehicle accident. The study shows that drivers who sleep less than seven hours per night have two times more chances of crashing their car.
The new study on safe driving was conducted by the Triple-A Traffic Safety Foundation using data obtained from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the data furnished by the CDC, more than 35 percent of US citizen suffer from the effects of sleep deprivation.
In addition, it would seem that most drivers, although not condoning this sort of behavior behind the wheel, admitted that they might have had an inadequate sleep before entering their vehicle.
The new data supplied by the foundation’s study reveals that drivers who only sleep for six hours have 1.3 more chances of getting involved in a car accident. Subsequently, those who sleep between five and hours per night have 1.9 more chances of committing a car accident.
In addition, the researchers noted that driver who gets between four to five hours of sleep per night have 4.3 more chances to get involved in a fatal car accident, while those who get less than 4 hours of sleep have an 11.5 more chances of getting involved in a motor drive accident.
Statistically speaking, a driver who slept four or five hours per night, has the same risking of committing a severe car accident as a drunk driver.
The study performed by the Triple-A Traffic Safety Foundation involved over 7,000 drivers from all over the United States. Furthermore, it would seem that all the drivers participating in the study have committed a total number of 4,571 accidents.
When asked about their opinion about getting behind the wheel tired, approximately 97 percent of respondents said that they did not condone this type of behavior. However, most of them reported that they’d done the same thing in the last month.
The Traffic Safety Foundation warns that sleep deprivation can have severe consequences and that a driver cannot expect to fully be aware of road and traffic condition after insufficient rest.
So, what are the foundation’s recommendation? First of all, we must make sure to get plenty of sleep before hitting the road. Second, in the event of an emergency, we must consume plenty of fluids, make frequent stops along the way, and drive with someone who can take over if we’re feeling drowsy.
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