November 8, 2023
Time changes can have serious effects on bodies and minds, so be extra careful in the coming days and even weeks.
Conveniently, Drowsy Driving Prevention Week® is taking place this week from November 13–19, 2023.
“The National Sleep Foundation’s Drowsy Driving Prevention Week® encourages everyone to prioritize sleep and drive when they are alert and refreshed. Our goal is to help people get the sleep they need and reduce the number of drivers who choose to drive while sleep deprived,” according to the National Sleep Foundation’s website.
The Foundation recently released results from its 2023 Drowsy Driving Survey.
"In our 2023 Drowsy Driving Survey, we wanted to learn more about the attitudes, behaviors, and perceived risks of drowsy driving among teen drivers. Motor vehicle crashes are the second leading cause of death among teenagers in the United States. Educating teens, and their parents, about the risks of drowsy driving and the importance of getting the sleep they need before they get behind the wheel can help keep everyone safe on the road," according to the website.
Key survey results indicated that risk starts early for teen drivers. Here are a few interesting statistics according to the National Sleep Foundation's findings:
While those findings are more specific to young drivers, drowsy driving does not discriminate based on age.
Drowsy driving is dangerous and unfortunately very common. However, it is preventable. Keep these four tips in mind to help you adjust safely.
SWANA’s five-year Strategic Plan, Forward, Together, reaffirms our core purpose: to advance the responsible management of solid waste as a resource. The first goal in the Strategic Plan is to get off the top 10 list of most dangerous jobs.
Together, we can improve the current state of drowsy driving and safety in general by educating others and advocating for safe industry practices.