Discover How Many Hours of Sleep You Need Per Night to Drive Safely
We have covered many issues related to drowsy driving and while many people now know it is an issue, some are still not sure when they are driving safely and when they are driving drowsy. The answer is that it depends on several factors, including a person’s age. Keep reading to find out the warning signs of driving drowsy and how many hours of sleep various age groups need to avoid higher chances of being involved in a car accident.
Watch Out for These Warning Signs of Drowsy Driving
First and foremost, keep an eye out for the most common signs of drowsy driving. If you find that you are showing any of these symptoms, stop driving. It might be an inconvenience but remember that your chance of being involved in a fatal accident is significantly increased when these symptoms are present:
- Suddenly realizing you cannot recall the last few miles you drove
- Feeling disconnected
- Having wandering thoughts
- Missing traffic signs or turnoffs
- Having a hard time focusing
- Tailgating without realizing it
- Trouble keeping your eyes open
- Repeated yawning
- Feeling as though your head has become very heavy
- Drifting out of your lane
While these are important symptoms to keep an eye out for, it is also important to know that the AAA Foundation determined that more than 50% of all drivers who were involved in drowsy-related accidents did not have any symptoms before they fell asleep while driving.
People Who Know it is Wrong to Drive While Tired Are Still Doing It
Believe it or not, the President and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety said that 95% of Americans believe it is unsafe and unacceptable to drive when they are so tired they cannot keep their eyes open. Yet more than one in four people admit to having done so in the last month. It is easy to see that there is a disconnect between what people believe and what they do.
How Much Sleep You Really Need
The National Sleep Foundation recommends different amounts of sleep for different age groups in order to drive safely:
- Teens 14 – 17: 8-10 hours
- Young adults 18 – 25: 7-9 hours
- Adults 26-64: 7-9 hours
- Older adults 65: 7-8 hours
Note that these are averages. How much an individual person needs will depend on their health, medications, stress levels, and many other factors.
If you are involved in a car accident that you believe someone else was at fault for, contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 now for a free legal consultation. We are ready to help you understand your legal options. Call us today and let us find the right way forward for you.