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Study shows many still drive despite major fatigue

Posted On Fri, November 19, 2010

Taking one's eyes off the road for even a second can result in an accident. That is why sending text messages or changing the radio station can be dangerous.

Such actions may seem tame to some though, given that almost a third of motorists say they have fallen behind the wheel. Furthermore, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study also shows that more than half of motorists admit to being drowsy while they drove.

AAA Foundation president and CEO Peter Kissinger says more awareness is needed about the dangers and prevalence of driving without adequate sleep.

"Drowsy driving is a major traffic safety problem that, unfortunately, is largely unrecognized," says Kissinger. "We need to change the culture so that drivers recognize the dangers, appreciate the consequences and most importantly, stop driving while sleepy."

Motorists can protect themselves with life insurance as well as getting enough rest before driving. Having another vehicle occupant that can help with the driving duties can also help reduce the likelihood of being involved in an accident due to sleepiness. If a motorist feels tired, it's best to pull over and rest.

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