This week - Nov. 6-13th, is the National Sleep Foundation’s “Drowsy Driving Prevention Week®. The event encourages everyone to prioritize sleep and drive when they are alert and refreshed. Young drivers (aged 16-25 years) and shift workers are at the greatest risk of falling asleep behind the wheel, but most drivers can relate to a time when they nodded off while driving.
Does your car alert you when you've drifted too far to the right? How about that gentle pull back into the center of the lane? Some new vehicles have these Lane Assist safety features - as well as a warning message that will pop up saying to "take a break." Drowsy driving is far more common than we think and shift workers (like some of us Safety Professionals) are at high risk due to the long hours and lack of sleep.
The statistics related to drowsy driving are eye-opening:
"The National Sleep Foundation’s Drowsy Driving Prevention Week® encourages everyone to prioritize sleep and drive when they are alert and refreshed."