Nearly a third of motorists admit to sleeping and driving

Dec 21, 2010

Driving without enough sleep is dangerous

It's not uncommon for a motorists to get behind the wheel without getting enough sleep. A study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals that estimates of how widespread the problem is may have fallen short.

The problem with driving while drowsy is that the lack of sleep can slow down a person's reaction time. One never knows when a child or animal may run into the road.

The research revealed that nearly 30 percent of motorists admitted to falling asleep while driving.

National Sleep Foundation CEO David Cloud says too many motorists think they can prevent themselves from falling asleep when they are too tired.

"The good news is that fatigue-related crashes are preventable. The bad news is that there is a knowledge and awareness gap about the danger of driving when you're too sleepy," says Cloud.

Having life insurance is important, especially given the large number of motorists admitting to falling asleep behind the wheel. While a price tag can't be placed on a life, funds from an insurance policy can help loved ones cope financially in the event of a fatal accident.

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