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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Fatigue Fatigue Facts Facts Drowsiness can harm a drivers safety because it lowers their reaction time, their capability to focus and can create thevery real risk of falling asleep at the wheel. It is more likely for men to drive while sleepythan women (56% vs. 45%) and they are almost twice as likely to fall asleep while driving in comparison to women (22% vs. 12%). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationunofficially presents that 100,000 police-reported crashes are the exact result of driver fatigue eachyear. This ends up costing 1,550 lives, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in losses. An estimated eleven million drivers admit they have had an accident or close to one because they went to sleep or were too sleepy to drive. Adults who have children at home are more likely to drive while sleepy in comparison to those who don't have children (59% vs. 45%). A study by researchers in Australiaproved that being awake for 18 hours created the same amount as a blood alcohol concentration (BAC)of .05, and .10 after 24 hours; .08 is announced to be legally drunk. How To Avoid Fatigue How To Avoid Fatigue Some consequences to being fatigue while driving are: - Slower response to certain situations. - Minimal concentration; cannot calculate speed and distance effectively. - Decreased cautiousness and poor intelligence. - Drowsiness even for a few seconds can lead to dangerous crashes on roads In order to prevent being sleepy or fatigued, follow these simple guidelines:- Get a reasonable amount of sleep before going on a long trip- Avoid travelling for more than eight to ten hours each day- Try to take rest breaks, a minimum of two hours of time in between- Aim to take turns while driving- Consuming alcohol before driving can have a significant impact on the outcome of the trip. Even drinking a small portion can lead to major driver fatigue- Do not drive at a time that interrupts your sleep cycle- If you start to feel drowsy, pull over and take a power nap for atleast 15 minutes
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