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Nearly 70% of Americans Drive While Drowsy

Motorists often drive when they shouldn’t, finds new survey.

by on Aug.04, 2014

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

Nearly seven in ten Americans have driven while drowsy, while millions have engaged in other risky behavior when they likely shouldn’t get behind the wheel, according to a new survey.

Motorists also routinely drive vehicles that should either be parked or taken to a repair shop, reports More than six in 10 have gotten behind the wheel when there’s a “Check Engine” light on, while nearly a third have headed out on a winter morning when they couldn’t see through snowy or icy windshields. And a full one in 10 have driven cars whose doors had to be held closed.

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“Fortunately car insurance is a safety net for bad decisions like these. If you crash because you’re sleepy or sick, your insurance will still pay,” said Managing Editor Michelle Megna. “But your insurance coverage could be in jeopardy if a doctor specifically advised you not to drive.”


Have You Fallen Asleep Behind the Wheel?

You wouldn’t be alone.

by on Jan.09, 2013

At least 4% of Americans drive drowsy -- or even fall asleep behind the wheel -- each month.

Have you ever caught yourself nodding off behind the wheel?  You wouldn’t be alone. As many as a third of all drivers admit they’ve done so at some time or another, and drowsy driving catches the blame for at least 100,000 crashes and more than 1,500 deaths annually in the United States.

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control, meanwhile, finds that one of every 24 U.S. adults admit they’ve fallen asleep while driving at least once during the previous month – and experts believe that number is low because motorists often don’t realize when they’ve had a second or two “micro-sleep.”

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Even a moment dozing off can be disastrous, however, considering that at just 60 miles per hour a vehicle will travel about 88 feet, or about four to five car lengths.

“If I’m on the road, I’d be a little worried about the other drivers” after reading the results of the study, said lead author Anne Wheaton, of the CDC.


Automakers Take Aim at Drowsy Driving

New Lincoln will tell you when it’s time for a coffee break.

by on Nov.28, 2011

With the 2013 MKS update Lincoln takes aim at the problem of drowsy driving.

If you’ve ever felt yourself nodding off when you’ve spent a little too much time behind the wheel you’re not alone.  According to a recent study by the AAA Foundation more than two in five drivers admit they’ve fallen asleep, even for a moment, when driving.

While most motorists now recognize the dangers of drunk driving, AAA officials fear that there’s a more casual attitude when it comes to drowsy driving.  But new technology is designed to not only alert drivers who have begun to drift off while behind the wheel but also help them avoid an accident.

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Calling drowsy driving a “serious concern,” Ford Motor Co.’s global product chief Derrick Kuzak recently revealed that the maker’s updated 2013 Lincoln MKS sedan will be able to tell when a driver is distracted or, worse, beginning to doze.  The luxury model’s Lane Keeping System will initially sound an alert if the vehicle drifts out of its lane.  If necessary, it will then add a bit of torque to the steering wheel to gently nudge the MKS back into its lane.


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.”