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      DRIVE ALERT AND STAY UNHURT. Learn the risks of drowsy driving and how to protect yourself. WHAT IS DROWSY DRIVING? Untreated Sleep Disorders Medications Drinking Alcohol Drowsy Driving Not Enough Sleep Shift Work Get enough sleep! Adults need 7 hours and teens need at least 8 hours. Develop good sleeping habits such as sticking to a sleep schedule. THE DROWSY DRIVING PROBLEM Drowsy driving is a major problem in the United States. Falling asleep at the wheel is clearly dangerous, but being sleepy affects your ability to drive safely even if you don’t fall asleep. Drowsiness • Makes drivers less able to pay attention to the road. • Slows reaction time if you have to brake or steer suddenly. • Affects a driver’s ability to make good decisions. DID YOU KNOW? Up to 6,000 fatal crashes each year may be caused by drowsy drivers WHO’S MORE LIKELY TO DRIVE DROWSY? • Commercial drivers who operate vehicles such as tow trucks, tractor trailers, and buses. • Shift workers (work the night shift or long shifts). • Drivers with untreated sleep disorders such as one where breathing repeatedly stops and starts (sleep apnea). • Drivers who use medications that make them sleepy. • Drivers who do not get enough sleep. LEARN THE WARNING SIGNS OF DROWSY DRIVING • Yawning or blinking frequently. • Difficulty remembering the past few miles driven. • Missing your exit. • Drifting from your lane. • Hitting a rumble strip on the side of the road. If you experience any of these warning signs PULL OVER TO REST OR CHANGE DRIVERS. Simply turning up the radio or opening the window are not effective ways to keep you alert. CS260638-A www.cdc.gov/sleep/about_sleep Publication date from document properties. drowsy-driving-infographic.pdf
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