Stats on Drowsy Driving

There is an “Alarming” number of drowsy drivers on Australia’s roads.

  • Driving while sleep-deprived has reached worrying levels in Australia, with 20 per cent of respondents to a new survey admitting they have fallen asleep at the wheel at least once.
  • Of those, 5 per cent said they had a car accident in the past year because they dozed off or were too tired.
  • 29% of people drive when drowsy at least every month
  • Drowsy Driving accidents in Australia are estimated to cost the community more than $2 billion per year.

Important Things to Know About Drowsy Driving.

  • Driving while you are tired can make your driving worse than if you have been drinking alcohol.
  • People under 25 are most at risk.
  • If you work shifts, you need to be careful that you are not too sleepy to drive.
  • If you’re drowsy, a 20 minute power nap is long enough to lower your risk of a crash.

Drivers at Risk

Those groups of drivers considered at greatest risk of being involved in a drowsy driving related accident are:

  • young drivers
  • shift workers (including heavy vehicle drivers)
  • drivers with sleep disorders

If a driver falls asleep for just four seconds while travelling at a speed of 100 km/h the car will have gone 111 metres without a driver in control.