Falling asleep at the wheel is a serious concern on our roads. Find out who's most at risk, what fatigue does to your body, when to stay extra alert, and why sleep is so important to safe driving.
Who's most at risk?
Commercial drivers, shift workers, people with untreated sleep disorders, teenagers and young adults are most at risk for falling asleep while driving.
What does fatigue do to drivers?
- 20% of fatal collisions in Canada are linked to driver fatigue
- Being tired slows your reaction time, decreases awareness and can impair judgment to a similar affect like alcohol or drugs
- Being awake for 23-24 hours causes impairment equivalent to having a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.05
When is fatigue most common?
Over the five year period of 2011 to 2015, fatigue-related casualty collisions happened more frequently during the 7 a.m. hour, followed by the 4:00 p.m. hour.
Why is fatigue more common than you think?
Besides lack of rest, driving alone, driving long distances without rest breaks, driving through the night, or driving at hours of the day when you're normally asleep can all cause you to doze off while behind the wheel.
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