Are you missing that hour of sleep you lost over the weekend? Springing forward every year is a sign that warmer weather is on the way, but it can also mess with your sleep cycle and cause you to be drowsy behind the wheel. Unfortunately, drowsy driving can happen at any time of the year, not just during the switch to Daylight Savings Time.
How big is the problem of drowsy driving? Just think about yourself. How many times have you caught yourself nodding off behind the wheel? Drowsy driving crash data is very difficult to calculate, although The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that driving drowsy causes more than 100,000 crashes, 1,550 deaths, and 71,000 injuries every year.
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Could drowsy driving be a larger problem than we know? A study by the AAA Safety Foundation found that up to 10 percent of crashes tie directly to drowsy drivers - https://youtu.be/RfKPchIK4R8
For 2020, there have been 44 fatalities reported. That’s an increase of four since last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at https://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf