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Two In Five Drivers Admit Nodding Off Behind Wheel

“Unacceptable,” but drowsy drivers press on.

by on Nov.08, 2010

Drowsy driving results in a significant share of fatal accidents, reports the AAA Foundation.

If you’ve ever started to nod off while driving but continued pressing on you’re not alone, according to a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.  Two of every five drivers admit they have fallen asleep behind the wheel at one point or another.

And even though 85% of American motorists contend it is “completely unacceptable” to drive when you’re so tired you can’t keep your eyes open, a quarter of those surveyed have driven in such a situation.

Unfortunately, the foundation contends, most drivers don’t realize the effects of fatigue on their driving abilities.

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“When you are behind the wheel of a car, being sleepy is very dangerous. Sleepiness decreases awareness, slows reaction time, and impairs judgment, just like drugs or alcohol, contributing to the possibility of a crash,” said AAA Foundation President and CEO Peter Kissinger. “We need to change the culture so that not only will drivers recognize the dangers of driving while drowsy but will stop doing it.”