Why Driving on Less Than 8 Hours of Sleep Could be Dangerous

What do you think of when you hear "dangerous driving"? Speeding? Texting? Tailgating? Driving drunk?

While all of those things are dangerous, there's another bad habit that should be one of the first things on the list: Driving drowsy.

Tired or sleep-deprived motorists have reduced reaction time to hazards on the road, and are less aware of their surroundings. And in a worst-case-scenario that is surprisingly common, many drowsy drivers fall asleep at the wheel. According to the NHTSA, drowsy drivers cause 1.2 million traffic accidents per year.

What can you do to prevent yourself from becoming part of that statistic?

The first step is getting enough sleep. This may be easier said than done for some people, but staying up late when you don’t have to can have consequences on the road. If you are taking a long trip, plan to stop and rest every two hours, either for a short nap, or just to stretch your legs. This will help you stay more alert and prepared to respond to danger.

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