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Well for starters you'll know where this is going just by the information I have that just came out from the Centers for Disease Control. One in 24 Americans has admitted to falling asleep at the wheel in the past month.
A survey was conducted of 150-thousand drivers in 19 states and Washington, D.C. It suggests that sleepiness aggravated by shift work and snoring might be the cause. Sleepiness behind the wheel can be as dangerous as having too much alcohol in your system. Reaction times are slowed and decision making is impaired.
CDC epidemiologist Anne Wheaton says drivers need to know the warning signs which including yawning, drifting between lanes and missing exits.
In addition to the CDC survey, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports about two percent of motor vehicle crashes involve drowsy driving. Not only that, but drowsy driving crashes are more likely to be fatal.
Doctor Kingman Strohl at UH Case Medical Center in Cleveland says drivers make about one thousand decisions a minute. That explains how fatigue can hurt your chances of avoiding wrecks.
Two agencies reporting drowsy driving is prevelant and dangerous. But do we really need those studies to tell us what we already know? Have you ever nodded off at the wheel? I know I have and I know a lot of other people who tell me they have too.