Studies have proved that distracted driving is as harmful as driving drunk. This statistic should raise awareness for those who drive a car on a daily basis, who could easily become the victim or even the culprit. Distracted driving sometimes happens due to the use of smartphones. David Yang, the executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, argued that those drivers who suffer from a lack of sleep will not be able to function correctly when driving.
They will be distracted because of yawning and their eyes almost closing. We all know that it only takes two clumsy seconds for an accident to occur. It is enough for you to look away for a few seconds or to search for something you dropped in your car while driving and you can get involved in an accident. This type of behavior while being behind the wheel can jeopardize the life of the passengers of the street, other drivers and, of course, your life.
A new study has proved that as a motorist missing 2 or 3 hours of sleep increases the chances of a crash to four times. Drivers who skip one to two hours of sleep risk to double their chances of being involved in an accident. If some drivers use smoking as a way to forget about sleep, this can cause an even worse result causing a terrible accident because they performed what specialists call distracted driving.
Every man or woman who owns a car and uses it on a daily basis needs to make sure they can drive in the morning if they got enough hours of sleep. Statistics have shown that 1 out of 5 accidents happens because of drowsy driving.
The British-based Sleep Council has declared based on some statistics that a third of the people sleep only 5 to 6 hours per night. The lack of sleep can severely influence our state of health by causing physical and mental impairments which become even more severe in individuals who sleep less than six hours per night.
Researchers have also established that the lack of sleep may also trigger the “fight or flight” outcome to stress when some hormones are released causing a fast pace of the heart rate and increased blood pressure.
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