A young 23-year-old fell asleep after staying up all night at a party and then decided to drive home. This was a crash that could have been avoided; a “life” that could have been saved.
Finals are a good news, bad news situation – the good news is knowing your holiday vacation is right around the corner; the bad news is that it can be a stressful time for many students. With the increase in study time and stress, you may not be getting much sleep.
Decreased sleep not only limits the ability to concentrate and problem solve during school, but also impairs reaction time, judgment and vision behind the wheel. Consider this: the National Sleep Foundation recommends 9-10 hours of sleep per night for teenagers, but the average teen only gets 7.4 hours per night. That’s a lot of sleepy students – and drivers!
I was driving home from a friend’s house late the other night after helping her out with a project. She had offered the couch for the night, but my warm comfy bed was calling! The drive started out good, but as I continued on, I began to feel really tired. I was exhausted from a […]
Next week (November 8-14) is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week and Teens in the Driver Seat wants to remind you that driving at night is the top danger for teen drivers.
Why is driving at night so dangerous?
For one, research suggests that teens need up to about nine hours of sleep each night. Most teens say they only get six on average per night. If you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re going to be tired throughout the day, especially when you’re driving.