If you've got a driver in your family who is between the ages of 16 and 24 you need to listed up!
According to a recent study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, it's these drivers who are most likely to be involved in a drowsy driving car accident.
As a matter of fact, one out of every six of these young drivers surveyed by AAA officials admitted that they had nodded off behind the wheel at least once in the last year. This is compared to one out of every ten drivers of other ages. These young drivers are also about 80 percent more likely to be drowsy at the time of an accident. Drowsy driving continues to be one of the leading contributors to auto accidents, too!
Our Asheville personal injury lawyers understand that risks are only expected to increase for these young drivers. As the holiday season approaches, more and more of them will be heading home and hitting the road. The break from school and work allows these youngsters with plenty more driving time and much higher accident risks.
"Research shows that fatigue impairs safe driving, with many symptoms causing drivers to behave in ways similar to those who are intoxicated," said AAA's Robert Darbelnet.
The problem with drowsy driving is that most drivers see it as a serious threat, yet many of them continue to engage in the dangerous behavior. The recent study illustrated that about 30 percent of all licensed drivers admit to driving while drowsy in just the last 30 days.
Drowsy driving is just as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than drunk driving.
Can you tell when you get drowsy behind the wheel? All you have to do is keep an eye out for the following symptoms:
-Yawning a lot.
-Drifting out of your lane without noticing.
-Having a tough time keeping your eyes on the road.
-Missing your exits or turns.
-Not seeing road signs or traffic lights.
If you notice any of the symptoms above, it's time for you to stop driving. If you're driving with another licensed driver, consider switching roles. Have them hop in the driver's seat. Sharing driving roles will help keep everyone rested. If you're traveling alone, pull over in a safe area, stop and take a break. There's no use in trying to push through your sleepiness behind the wheel. It's only going to increase your chances for getting into a potentially fatal accident.
Make sure you're getting plenty of sleep each night. Try not to drive during times when your body would normally be sleeping. Avoid eating heavy meals before and during your trips. All of these factors increase your risks for experiencing drowsiness behind the wheel and increase your risks for a collision. Stay safe out there -- especially with the approaching holiday season.