ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL
- Six to seven hours of sleep: 1.3 times the crash risk
- Five to six hours of sleep: 1.9 times the crash risk
- Four to five hours of sleep: 4.3 times the crash risk
- Less than four hours of sleep: 11.5 times the crash risk
Scary fact: While 97 percent of drivers told the AAA Foundation they view drowsy driving as a completely unacceptable behavior that is a serious threat to their safety, nearly one in three also admitted that at least once in the past month they drove when they were so tired they had a hard time keeping their eyes open.
- What are the symptoms of drowsy driving?
- Having trouble keeping your eyes open
- Drifting into other lanes
- Not remembering the last few miles driven
When you're making a long trip, do make sure you get at least seven hours of sleep. In addition, travel at a time when you're normally awake and schedule a break every two hours or every 100 miles. Avoid eating heavy foods that can make you sleepy.