Falling asleep at the wheel, it’s a HUGE risk for teen drivers. Here’s some important information for you to know and share!
In a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, researchers observed 21, 292 crashes that occurred in the United States from 2009 – 2013. From their study, they found that drowsy drivers are involved in an estimated 6% of all crashes and 21% of all fatal crashes. In fact, drivers from the age of 16 -24 are 80% more likely to be involved in a drowsy driving accident. These numbers are much higher than previously thought, according to the study, “Official government statistics suggest that 1.4% of all crashes… and 2.5% of fatal crashes involve a drowsy driver”.
Know the facts about night time and drowsy driving and spread the word!
- If you are the driver, recognize signs of fatigue
- Pull over and take a short break. Stretch out and grab a bite.
- Make sure you had a good night’s sleep before deciding to drive.
- Don’t be too rushed to get to your destination.
- If it’s a long distance trip. Always use the buddy system and take turns behind the wheel.
- If you are a passenger and your driver is sleepy:
- If you have a driver’s license. Offer to take over the wheel and give the driver a break.
- Recommend the driver pull over for a short power nap. A 15 – 20 minute power nap will do wonders.
- Suggest the driver pull over for some coffee and snacks.
- Remind the driver to take it easy and drive slow
- Make announcements reminding everyone about the dangers of drowsy driving.
- Give a presentation during class and to the PTA
- Log into the print and presentation resource page, download, print and share some of these drowsy driving resources: