Drowsy driving—it’s more dangerous than you think. Still, many of us do it, unknowingly endangering the lives of others. Find out more about drowsy driving and learn how to avoid it with these facts and tips.
Results of drowsy driving*:
- Each year, drowsy driving causes hundreds of accidents, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates thousands more go undocumented.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that drowsy driving leads to 100,000 police-reported crashes each year, resulting in 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and a $12.5 billion cost to the economy.
- Adults between 18 and 29 are the most likely to drive while drowsy (71% vs. 52% for 30- to 64-year-olds, or 19% for those aged 65 and over).
- According to drowsydriving.org, people with children are more likely to drive while drowsy than people without children (59% vs. 45%).
How you can avoid driving when drowsy:
The National Sleep Foundation offers these tips to help prevent drowsy driving.
- Get a full seven to nine hours of sleep.
- Pull off the highway and take a 20-minute nap at a rest stop rather than fighting the urge to fall asleep.
- Take a break every 100 miles or two hours.
- During long highway trips, split driving duties with a companion.
What are some ways you ensure that you’re not driving while drowsy?
Learning defensive driving techniques can help you become a better driver and earn you a discount on car insurance. Visit GEICO’s defensive driver discounts section for more information.*Sources: