NSC expo
Subscribe or Register
View Cart  

Earn recertification points from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals by taking a quiz about this issue.

What's Your Opinion?

Has an employer ever asked you to do something that violated your code of ethics as a safety professional?

Take the poll and add your comment.

Vote   Results

Get the news that's
important to you.

Sign up for Safety+Health’s free monthly newsletters on:

  • Construction
  • Health Care Workers
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining, Oil and Gas
  • Office Safety Tips
  • Transportation
  • Worker Health and Wellness
  • Subscribe today

    Young drivers more likely to fall asleep behind wheel: survey

    November 14, 2012

    Tags
    • / Print
    • Reprints
    • Text Size:
      A A

    Washington – One in seven licensed drivers between 16 and 24 years old admitted to falling asleep while driving at least once in the past year – higher than the about 1 in 10 rate reported among all licensed drivers – according to a recent survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

    AAA offers the following tips to help drivers be more alert behind the wheel:

    • Sleep at least seven hours the night before a long driving trip.
    • Avoid driving when you normally would be sleeping, if possible.
    • Take a break from driving every two hours or every 100 miles.
    • Drive with other licensed drivers who can take turns behind the wheel.
    • Be aware of side effects from over-the-counter and prescription medications that could cause you to drive drowsily or inattentively.

    According to a AAA press release, a 2010 analysis of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data found that 1 in 6 deadly roadway crashes involved at least one drowsy driver.

    Post a comment to this article

    Safety+Health welcomes comments that promote respectful dialogue. Please stay on topic. Comments that contain personal attacks, profanity or abusive language – or those aggressively promoting products or services – will be removed. We reserve the right to determine which comments violate our comment policy.