Driving Tired As Bad As Driving Drunk

According to a new study by Triple-A, driving on 5 hours or less of sleep, is the equivalent to driving drunk! And if the Center For Disease Control‘s analysis that about a third of Americans get less than 7 hours of sleep each night is accurate, that means quite a few people on the roads are only a couple of hours away from putting their lives, or someone else’s, at risk each time they get behind the wheel.

The Triple-A Foundation for Traffic Safety found that drivers who skimp on just a couple of hours of sleep, nearly double the risk of a crash, making drowsy driving about as dangerous as drunk driving.

A review of thousands of crashes, resulting in injuries, found drivers were 1.3 times more likely to be involved in a crash if they missed an hour of sleep and 1.9 times more likely to be involved in a crash if they missed two of the seven hours recommended daily sleep.

 

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