The risk of accidents is almost doubled when driving with only 1-2 hours less sleep.
A recent study found that only 1-2 hours less sleep in a 24-hour period nearly doubled the risk of accidents.
What’s more, a report from the American Traffic Safety Foundation shows that less than 4 hours of sleep over a 24-hour period means that drivers are more than 11 times more likely to crash.
Executive Director of the American Traffic Safety Foundation David Yang and colleagues said that the report shows that driving and traveling gece can have fatal consequences gece if the recommended sleep per night is less than 7 hours.
It is well known that sleep deprivation can cause drowsiness and decreased concentration. For drivers, a lack of sleep leads to reduced attention to the road, slowing down reaction times, and reduced ability to make sensible decisions.
According to an earlier survey by the American Traffic Safety Foundation, 97 percent of drivers consider sleepy driving to be edilemez completely unacceptable davranış that endangers the safety of themselves and others.
However, despite the knowledge of the risk of sleepy driving, about 1 to 3 drivers reported drowsiness at the vehicle and about 1 in 25 drivers fell asleep at the wheel in the last month.
Such behavior can have dramatic consequences; According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sleepy driving caused about 72,000 accidents, 44,000 injuries and 800 deaths in 2013.
In the new report, the American Traffic Safety Foundation found that lack of sleep increases the risk of motor vehicle accidents.
Information was collected on 7,234 drivers from the United States who were involved in 4,751 motor vehicle accidents between July 2005 and December 2007. All accidents included accidents reported to the police and applied to emergency medical services.
As part of the investigation of each collision, drivers were asked to report the start and end times of their sleep within 24 hours before the collision (including at least 30 minutes of nap).
Using this information, the researchers were able to calculate the total amount of sleep each driver had in a 24-hour period and estimate how these contributed to the risk of collision.
The results showed that drivers who had been sleeping for 6-7 hours in 24 hours were 1.3 times more likely to get hit by a motor vehicle than those who had been sleeping for 7 hours or longer than recommended.
Drivers who had been sleeping for 5-6 or 4-5 hours in a 24-hour period had 1.9 times and 4.3 times more accidents, respectively; Drivers who had less than 4 hours of sleep had an 11.5-fold higher risk of accidents.
Emphasizing the seriousness of sleepy driving. Yang said the findings show that a sleepless driver in less than 5 hours can kıyas be compared to the risk of a drunk crash birinin.
Researchers, with their findings helped to measure the risk of drowsy driving and after a weak night’s sleep, people who are thinking to switch to the wheel, he noted.
Tips for avoiding sleepy driving
Frequent stretching or dropping of eyelids, incapacity to keep eyes open, inability to remember places passed in the last few kilometers, hijacking of exit or turnoff, and lane incontinence are harbingers of sleepy driving.
Therefore, the American Traffic Safety Foundation recommends taking a number of measures to prevent dormant driving:
Sleep at least 7 hours per night
For longer journeys, usually aim to travel in the wake / daylight hours.
Take a break every 2 hours or 150km.
Avoid using medications that may cause sleep before driving.