"We understand drunk driving is a danger, drugged driving is a danger, and distraction has been more and more perceived to be a danger; I think drowsy driving deserves the same attention", she said.
"You might have sluggish responses, you might not be able to keep the vehicle in the lane as well as you should", William Horrey with the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety said. AAA put dashboard cameras in the cars of more than 3,500 drivers.
The 2008 crash turned her sibling, Pearce, into an advocate, determined to educate people about the dangers of driving when sleep deprived, a scenario involved in far more crashes than previously realized, new research shows.
These days, Pearce wears a Fitbit fitness tracker to constantly make sure she's getting enough sleep-at least the recommended seven hours.
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A study released by AAA this morning shows drowsy driving plays a role in nearly eight times more severe accidents than federal estimates suggest. Federal estimates cite drowsiness as a factor in one to two percent of crashes.
AAA shared video of a drowsy driver behind the wheel, showing his auto cross the center lines on a highway and bump into a vehicle. "Short term tactics like drinking coffee, singing, rolling down the window will now work".
Do not underestimate the power of a quick nap.
That's according to new numbers just released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
AAA recommends that drivers should travel at the times of day when they are normally awake, avoid heavy foods and avoid medication that causes drowsiness or other impairment. The AAA Foundation's mission is to prevent traffic deaths and injuries by conducting research into their causes and by educating the public about strategies to prevent crashes and reduce injuries when they do occur.