June 27, 2016
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says drowsy driving is not just falling asleep at the wheel. Driver alertness, attention, reaction time, judgment, and decision-making are all compromised leading to a greater chance of crashing. According to NHTSA’s National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Study, drowsy drivers involved in a crash are twice as likely to make performance errors as compared to drivers who are not fatigued. In extreme cases, a drowsy driver may fall asleep at the wheel.
Research shows that for every time you recognize that you’ve dozed off, you have already fallen out of conscious up to 15 times that you didn’t realize. This “microsleep” can last from a fraction of a second to up to 30 seconds.