Young Drivers More Apt to Driving Drowsy

Young Drivers More Apt to Driving Drowsy

Recent survey results published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety have shown that young drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 are at the greatest risk for drowsy driving. Of those questioned in the study, one in seven young drivers admitted to not only driving tired, but falling asleep behind the wheel at least once over the past year, a rate considerably hiring than the overall rate of 1 in 10.

Though often overlooked, the dangers of drowsy driving are significant and should not be ignored. “Research shows that fatigue impairs safe driving, with many symptoms causing drivers to behave in ways similar to those who are intoxicated,” says Robert Darbelnet, president and CEO of AAA. “[We] are drawing attention to this often overlooked crash risk that is a serious threat to everyone’s safety on the road.”

Tired driving significantly impairs your ability to make correct decisions behind the wheel, and also reduces reaction times. It can also harm vision, and influence drivers into taking major risks on the road with a high chance of causing an accident. Similar to survey results on distracted driving, the results of the AAA study …