Motorists warned driving tired risk
Motorists in the US have admitted to nodding off behind the wheel, placing themselves and other road users at risk.
A poll by group AAA found that 41 per cent of drivers said they had fallen asleep while in control of a vehicle.
The organisation pointed to figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicated tired motorists are involved in 16.5 per cent of fatal crashes and advised individuals to get at least six hours slumber before driving, schedule regular breaks and stop if they become sleepy.
Carried out to mark Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, AAA vice-president of public affairs Kathleen Marvaso commented on the study: “Many of us tend to underestimate the negative effects associated with fatigue and sleep deprivation and, conversely, overestimate our abilities to overcome them while driving.”