On November 3, the AAA published a report that features some alarming new statistics regarding drowsy driving.
As Better Rest Solutions reported a couple weeks ago, previous statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated that drowsy driving causes 100,000+ crashes per year, resulting in approximately 40,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths.
The new numbers from the AAA are substantially higher. According to the AAA, “an average of 328,000 crashes annually, including 109,000 crashes that result in injuries and 6,400 fatal crashes, involve a drowsy driver.”
The AAA notes that the NHTSA statistics have been widely regarded as gross underestimates, as they’re based on data gathered by police officers who often a difficult time determining whether drowsy driving is at fault in car accidents. Unlike alcohol impairment, there is no physical evidence of drowsy driving. In calculating its updated drowsy driving statistics, the AAA focused on crashes that had been assessed by trained crash investigators.
“This new research further confirms that drowsy driving is a serious traffic safety problem,” said Peter Kissinger, President and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, in an AAA press release. “Unfortunately, drivers often underestimate this risk and overestimate their ability to combat drowsiness behind the wheel.”
According to the AAA, there are simple things that drivers can do to ensure that they don’t become a drowsy driving statistic, such as scheduling frequent breaks during long car rides, driving at times when you’re normally awake, getting at least seven hours of sleep and avoiding medications that can cause drowsiness. Additionally, the AAA recommends consulting a medical professional if you notice any signs of a sleep disorder.
To help bring awareness to drowsy driving, an issue that affects many people with sleep apnea, Better Rest Solutions is donating $5 to the National Sleep Foundation for every SoClean or SoClean 2 Go sold during the month of November and $1 for every 10 individuals who pledge to take a stand against drowsy driving at http://bit.ly/StopDrowsyDriving.