White Peck Carrington
Call Today 859-274-4115

Study finds that driving tired could be worse than driving drunk

Everybody knows the dangers of drunk driving. Operating a vehicle with even a little alcohol in your system can greatly increase your odds of getting in a serious accident.

As dangerous as drunk driving is, drowsy driving may be even worse. And while there are laws in place to stop drunk driving, there is nothing stopping you from hitting the road with little sleep.

A study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that acute sleep deprivation could increase your likelihood of getting in an accident by up to 11.5 times. The study also notes that this figure could actually be higher - data on accidents that occurred between midnight and 6 A.M. was unavailable, and that's when drowsiness has the highest potential to cause an accident.

How drowsiness affects your driving

Many people look at driving tired as a necessary evil. You haven't gotten much sleep, but other than that you have a clear head - and you have somewhere you need to be. However, losing as little as an hour of sleep can increase your chances of getting in an accident.

Adults are suggested to get 7 hours of sleep per night. Using that baseline, the study had some interesting findings:

  • Drivers who slept between 6 and 7 hours had 1.3 times the crash rate
  • Drivers who slept between 5 and 6 hours had 1.9 times the crash rate
  • Drivers who slept between 4 and 5 hours had 4.3 times the crash rate
  • Drivers who slept for less than 4 hours had 11.5 times the crash rate

This holds even when compared to your normal sleep schedule. For drivers who usually get between 4 and 5 hours of sleep daily, the crash risk was 5.4 times higher. And no matter how many hours of sleep you get a day, if you get 1 to 2 hours less sleep, your crash risk goes up by an estimated 1.3 times.

While drunk driving is extremely dangerous, we understand the dangers. This study shows that driving tired - something that too many of us still do - can be just as dangerous, if not more so. Consider this next time you head out on the road with little sleep.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

White Peck Carrington | 26 Broadway | P.O. Box 950 | Mount Sterling, Kentucky 40353-0950 | 859-274-4115 | Fax: 859-498-7363 | Map & Directions