The National Sleep Foundation Advises Travelers to Get Enough Sleep Before Hitting the Highway
Friday, May 23, 2008
The Drive Alert and Arrive Alive with Lifesaving Tips to Prevent Drowsy Driving and Fall-Asleep Crashes
WASHINGTON, DC, May 21, 2008 -- T he Memorial Day weekend is one of the deadliest times for American drivers; road trips can turn tragic for travelers if they get behind the wheel without having had a good night's sleep. Sleepiness causes slower reaction times, vision impairment, lapses in judgment and delays in processing information, which are all critical elements for safe driving practices.
“Too many Americans are too tired to drive. In fact, according to NSF’s recently released 2008 Sleep in America poll, an alarming 36 percent of respondents admit to actually nodding off or falling asleep while driving,” stated David M. Cloud, NSF’s Chief Executive Officer. “Hectic weekend getaways may add to the problem as many get on the road at ungodly hours to beat the traffic. Not getting enough sleep puts everyone at increased risk for fall-asleep crashes. Understanding crucial warning signs and countermeasures is key to preventing sleep-related crashes.”
Warning Signs -- Feeling Sleepy? Stop Driving!
The following warning signs indicate that it’s time to stop driving and find a safe place to pull over and reassess your condition:
Countermeasures -- NSF’s Tips for Drowsy-free Driving :