Monday, 25 June, 2018

Study finds drowsy driving is leading to more accidents

AAA Study: driving drowsy quadruples chances of getting in a crash Study: More drivers asleep at the wheel than you realize
Ellis Copeland | 11 February, 2018, 13:08

The research, carried out by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, found that the "proportion of crashes in which drowsiness was evident was over three times as great during the nighttime hours", according to Brian Tefft, a senior researcher at the foundation.

"What we found was that about 9 percent of crashes overall and about 11 percent of police reportable crashes involved drowsiness".

A recent AAA Foundation survey found almost all drivers, or 96 percent, said they viewed drowsy driving as a serious safety threat.

"By conducting an in-depth analysis using video of everyday drivers, we can now better assess if a driver was tired in the moments leading up to a crash", Yang said.

Researchers deemed drivers drowsy if their eyes were more than 80 percent closed in 12 percent or more of the video frames in the last minutes before the collisions, AAA said.

Getting only four hours of sleep at night can have an effect similar to drunk driving.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, nine and a half percent of all crashes are caused by drowsy driving.

The study says USA government statistics indicate that only about 1% to 2% of all accidents involve driving while drowsy, but research has suggested that the problem might be much bigger.

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In the study - 29 percent of those surveyed admitted to having trouble keeping their eyes open while driving in the past month.

Knowing the warning signs of drowsiness can help drivers avoid dozing off behind the wheel.

Drowsy driving could be responsible for thousands more deaths on USA roads every year than first thought.

AAA says coffee, rolling down the windows and singing out loud won't keep you awake.

- Do not underestimate the power of a quick nap. "Your body's need for sleep will eventually override your brain's attempts to stay awake", said William Van Tassel, manager of Driver Training for AAA.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has worked with AAA and other organizations to collect data about drowsy driving, craft education programs and design infrastructure solutions, such as cutting rumble strips in highways to alert drivers when they running off the road. Researchers say it's one of the most underreported problems for traffic safety.

For the study released on Thursday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, researchers followed 3,500 people in six locations for several months between October 2010 and December 2013.

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