Driving While Under the Influence of zzz’s

Driving When You Are Tired

You hear it time and time again. Do not text and drive. Never drink and drive. These issues are in the media and are rightly taught. However, you may have overlooked an issue rarely talked about, but can be just as dangerous. Driving while tired is a topic that sometimes gets pushed aside in today’s busy world. The National Traffic Safety administration estimates at least 100,000 police reported crashes are caused by drivers that are fatigued. It is very hard to monitor this because there are no tests such as breathalyzer’s that give us a clear answer as why an accident occurred. Adults between the ages of 18 and 29 are more likely to drive drowsy than any other age group. This could be associated to the working parents and the late shift jobs. Whatever the case, it is an issue that needs to be explored more. Sleep deprivation increases the chance of getting into a collision. According to the AAA foundation for Traffic Safety, people who sleep less than 5 hours a night are four to five times more likely to be involved in an accident. Lack of sleep has proven to be major issue when driving. More people tend to fall asleep on long roads that are boring and endless. Gerber Collision and Glass realizes the extreme danger of driving under these conditions. We need to make it a priority to take care of ourselves and the safety of others.


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