Are you tired? Did you realize that being tired on the roads can impact your driving ability? Sleep deprivation and fatigue make lapses of attention more likely to occur, and can play a major role in behavior that leads to crashes. Drowsy driviny is dangerous to you and others on the road. In fact, being awake for 18 hours is equal to a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08%, the equivalent to being legally drunk. Research has identified young males, shift workers, commercial drivers and people with untreated sleep disorders or with short-term or chronic sleep deprivation as being at the highest risk for a fall-asleep crash. According to the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep in America poll, 60% of Americans have driven while feeling sleepy and 37% admit to actually having fallen asleep at the wheel in the past year. Are you at risk? Some simple suggestions before “hitting the road”:
- Get adequate sleep—most adults need 7-9 hours to maintain proper alertness during the day
- On long drives, schedule proper breaks—about every 100 miles or 2 hours during long trips
- Arrange for a travel buddy—someone to talk with and share the driving
- Avoid alcohol and sedating medications—check your labels or ask your doctor
Adopt-A-Highway helps keep America’s highways clean, please everybody promise to get some rest!