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