Sleepy driving more dangerous than previously reported, study finds


(CNN) – Sleepy drivers are a bigger problem than you might think. They not only put their lives at risk, but also everyone else on the road.

Sleepy driving is responsible for about 86,000 accidents each year. The CDC said that about 1 in 25 adult drivers reported sleeping during driving in the past 30 days.

New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that sleepy motorists are a greater risk than previously thought.

Accidents are three times higher during the night hours, where drowsiness was a factor.

"Similar to alcohol intoxication," said Dr. Gholam Motamedi of the University Hospital of Georgetown. "Your reflexes and responses and data processing speed will be slower."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that about 1 in 25 adult drivers reported falling asleep while driving in the previous 30 days.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that the sleepy direction is responsible each year for about 83,000 accidents – 37,000 of them with injuries – and nearly 900 deaths.

If you are on the road, make sure you recognize the signs of sleepy driving.

  • Yawning or flashing frequently.
  • Losing his way out.
  • Coming from your lane.

If you think you are too tired to drive, you probably are. Then pull over.

Better yet, do not get behind the wheel to get started.

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