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Drowsy Driving accounts for 17 percent of fatal car accidents

November 9, 2010

Drunk driving and cell phone distractions are obvious triggers for car accidents, but according to new data, driving while drowsy has become almost as dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2009, 730 people died in car accidents due to drowsy drivers. This accounts for over 16.5 percent of all car accident related fatalities last year. A national survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that over 41 percent of all drivers in the U.S. admitted to falling asleep or nodding off at some point while driving.

The NHTSA found that drowsy driving was the third leading cause of car accident related fatalities in 2009. The first two were accidents involving alcohol at 32 percent and cell phone or other technology related distractions following at 31 percent.

Rather than trying to push through when you feel yourself becoming drowsy, take the proper steps to ensure your safety as well as the safety of others. The AAA foundation for Traffic Safety suggests that when you are driving long distances you should stop at least once every two hours, drink plenty of water, and avoid eating heavy meals.

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