A new study by the AAA Foundation found that drowsy driving can have deadly driving consequences. Drivers who miss out on 1 to 2 hours of sleep nearly double their crash risk.
Adults need 7 hours of sleep daily and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) found that 35% of U.S. adults are getting less than the recommended hours of sleep nightly.
Sleep and Crash Risk Dangers:
- 6 to 7 hours of sleep increases a driver's crash risk by 1.3 times
- 5 to 6 hours of sleep increases a driver's crash risk by 1.9 times
- 4 to 5 hours of sleep increases a driver's crash risk by 4.3 times
- Less than 4 hours of sleep increases a driver's crash risk by 11.5 times
Furthermore, driving with less than 5 hours of sleep has a crash risk equivalent to someone driving drunk. The dangers of drowsy driving may often be overlooked. People have heard of the risks related to distracted driving, driving under the influence and joy riding, but not as many are educated about what a sleepless night can do to your driving skills.
Drowsy drivers are less alert and more likely to lose control of their vehicles. While 97% of drivers view drowsy driving as completely unacceptable behavior, 1 in 3 drivers admits to struggling to keep their eyes open on the road at least once in the past month.
Drivers should do what they can to prioritize sleep and get the recommended 7 hours of rest each night. It could save your life.