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Never drive sleepy. If you have heavy eyelids, you are not fit to drive.

 

Drowsy Driving – you can’t fight sleep – TAC ad

Drowsy driving is at least as dangerous as illegally driving under the influence of alcohol (Powell, Schechtman, Wiley, Li, Troell, & Guilleminault, 2001). Staying awake for 19 hours produces impairment similar to having a BAC of 0.05. Being awake for 24 hours is comparable to having a BAC of roughly 0.10 (Dawson & Reid, 1997).

According to a recent report by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, “More than two in five drivers (43.2%) admitted having fallen asleep or nodded off while driving at least once in their life.”

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Drowsy Driving Signs

If you find that you are too sleepy to drive, the best thing to do is get a full night’s rest. If that’s not possible, take a 20 minute nap or drink 2 caffeinated drinks (each with as much caffeine as a cup of coffee).

 

Nodding Off Icon
Nodding off
Blinking Icon
Frequent blinking/long duration blinking
Keeping Eyes Open Icon
Difficulty keeping eyes open
Daydreaming Icon
Memory lapses or daydreaming
Drifting Lane Icon
Drifting from your lane/hitting a rumble strip
Resources
Sources

Dawson, D., & Reid, K. (1997). Fatigue, alcohol and performance impairment. Nature, 388, 235.

Powell, N. B., Schechtman, K. B., Wiley, R. W., Li, K., Troell, R., & Guilleminault, C. (2001). The road to danger: The comparative risks of driving while sleepy. The Laryngoscrope, 111(5), 887-893.

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