Crashes involving drowsy drivers occur at a rate nearly eight times higher than federal estimates indicate, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
AAA released findings of a study in February that indicated 9.5% of all crashes and 10.8% of crashes resulting in significant property damage involved drowsiness. To achieve peak performance, adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each day, according to the National Safety Council.
More than 43% of workers are sleep-deprived and those most at risk work nights or irregular shifts. The impact in workplace settings can be profound:
- Sleep problems can cost employers up to $2,500 per employee every year in lost productivity
On the road, NSC research shows:
- You are three times more likely to be in a car crash if you are fatigued
- Losing even two hours of sleep is similar to the effect of having three beers
- Being awake for more than 20 hours is the equivalent of being legally drunk
AAA safety tips to share:
- Avoid driving after taking medications that cause drowsiness
- Schedule a break every two hours or every 100 miles
- Travel with an alert passenger and take turns driving.