HOW DANGEROUS IS IT TO DRIVE WITHOUT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP?

You have most likely gotten behind the wheel without a good night’s rest at one time or another. However, according to a new study, you may want to think twice before doing so again in the future. According to the American Automobile Association, not getting enough sleep makes driving significantly more dangerous.

It is recommended that adults get at least seven hours of sleep each night. Getting even one hour less than that multiplies the risk of being in a crash by 1.3 and getting less than four hours of sleep in a single night makes you 11.5 times more likely to be in a crash. In fact, it was found that the risks associated of driving while sleepy were just as high as when driving while drunk.

Drowsy driving is thought to be responsible for one in five fatal crashes every year, making this problem very serious. One in three drivers surveyed by AAA admitted to driving while overly tired at least once in the prior month. At that same time, 97 percent of respondents expressed that they considered drowsy driving unacceptable.

As with consuming too much alcohol, a lack of sleep can affect your motor functions and make driving very dangerous. If you are tired, you may not remember portions of your drive, have trouble staying in your lane and you may experience difficulty in keeping your eyes open. In addition to getting enough sleep, AAA recommends staying sober, taking frequent breaks and having a second driver with you as ways of making sure you do not get too tired during long car trips. This should not be construed as legal advice and is provided only as general information on this topic.

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