With the Holidays approaching we all will be hitting the road to visit our families. For many of us the travel is a long one. Those long drives can lead to fatigue. According to research fatigue is a significant factor in motor vehicle, commercial trucking and rail collisions.
- Drowsy driving causes more than 100,000 motor vehicle crashes a year, resulting in 40,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration research.
- An AAA Traffic Safety Foundation survey found that one in four drivers have struggled to stay awake by driving. An estimated 17 percent of fatal crashes, 13 percent of crashes resulting in hospitalization and 7 percent of all crashes requiring a tow, involve a drowsy driver, according to a 2010 study by the AAA.
- Driver-related factors such as fatigue were recorded for 34 percent of the drivers of large trucks in fatal collisions in 2010 according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
- Speeding was the top driver-related factor in crashes involving large trucks, followed by distraction/inattention, impairment (fatigue, alcohol, illness, etc.), failure to keep in proper lane and vision obscured, according to the DOT.
- A 2013 study by the Federal Rail Administration found that fatigue greatly increases the chances of an accident in which human factors play a role, with the risk of such an accident rising from11 percent to 65 percent.
So when traveling this Holiday season be certain to take several breaks during your long travel. Get out of the car, stretch and walk around. A 10 minute break could help you stay awake and prevent a potential accident due to fatigue. Getting to your destination is important, but getting their safely is more important.
Be safe in your Holiday Travels.
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