We all know the dangers of drinking and driving. It still remains one of the leading causes of death in America. However, there’s another form of driving that’s equally dangerous. And it’s drowsy driving.
Fox 61 reports that an estimated 8.4 million drivers nod off behind the wheel. A year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that every 30 days, about 25 people will nod off while driving.
But that’s only the beginning of this alarming statistic.
Drowsy driving causes 83,000 crashes a year. About 35,000 of them result in an injury, while 1,000 end in death.
But the big question remains: why do so many of us climb behind the wheel when we really aren’t fit to drive? Well, apparently a third of Americans are sleep deprived.
Crazy to think about, right? Well, considering that Americans today admittedly deal with an unhealthy level of stress (longer work hours, prescriptions, politics, the world…) it’s no wonder why so many people complain about exhaustion.
Basically, if you find yourself fighting to keep your eyes open, driving should be out of the question. It’s because even during a 5 second micro-sleep, a person can drive the length of a football field. Blind.
In short: just as dangerous as texting behind the wheel.
I admit that I’ve drove my car when all I wanted to do was curl up in the backseat and snooze. All I can say is: it sucked. Honestly, I found it to be terrifying. All I remember is cranking up my music in hopes it would be enough to keep me alert between point A and point B.
Thankfully, it did. But now that I know the statistics aren’t in my favor, that effectively ends me ever risking that again.
Because it’s not worth it.