June 12, 2017
“Asleep at the Wheel” may be a great name for a country music group, but it’s a horrible way to drive. Even a driver who’s a little bit drowsy can exhibit some of the same dangerous behaviors as a drunk driver.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, being awake for 18 hours straight makes you drive like you have a blood alcohol level of .05 (for reference, .08 is considered legally drunk). If you’ve been awake for a full 24 hours and drive—say, after a night where you just couldn’t fall asleep—it’s like you have a blood alcohol level of .10. Driving drowsy, like driving drunk, leads to slower reaction times, and impaired attention, mental processing, judgment, and decision making.