Everyone needs sleep. On average, adults need seven hours or more per night to sustain health and safety. Yet, research shows that more than one-third of people are not getting enough.
The result is an increased risk to health and an increased crash risk on the road. Every day, an estimated 83.6 million people in the U.S. drive drowsy. They’re taking a huge risk, as research shows that missing just two to three hours of sleep can more than quadruple a driver’s risk of a crash.
Fatigue poses such a danger to drivers that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently expanded its definition of impaired driving to include not only drunk, drugged, and distracted, but also drowsy driving. In 2017, the National Safety Council (NSC) declared fatigue as a “hidden but deadly epidemic.”
Fatigue-related collisions CAN be prevented, but drivers and managers first need to understand the importance of adequate rest, the real risks to health and safety of a lack of sleep, and the steps that can be taken to eliminate fatigued driving.