Lenoir, NC- Drunken and distracted driving are believed to be two of the biggest dangers on the streets all across the U.S. and North Carolina. But there’s one risky driving habit that is a much larger than originally believed: Drowsy Driving.
In a recent AAA survey of over 2,000 motorists in the U.S. 96.2 percent said it was unacceptable to drive while drowsy or fatigued, while 45 percent said this behavior was a serious dangers to others. But there is disconnect among motorists who, in spite of knowing drowsy driving is dangerous, continue to engage in this behavior. More than one in four motorists nationwide (29 percent) admit to driving when they are so tired they have difficulty keeping their eyes open within the past 30 days. What’s more, one in five admitted to drowsy driving more than once during the same time period.
In the Tar Heel State, 98 percent of motorists surveyed said drowsy driving was unacceptable and, yet, 31 percent admitted to driving when they had trouble keeping their eyes open. That’s slightly higher than the national average in both metrics.
AAA says that this “Do as I say, not as I do attitude,” is prevalent when it comes to a host of hazardous driving behaviors including drowsy driving, texting while driving and speeding.
That disconnect makes drowsy driving a bigger problem than we realize. In a separate AAA study, the results of which were released in November, researchers found that drowsy driving contributed to one in five fatal crashes in the U.S.
According the National Sleep Foundation, the sign of drowsy driving include difficulty focusing, drifting in and out of a lane of […]