Drowsy driving is an even worse idea than you thought

Posted at 4:30 AM, Feb 08, 2018

CINCINNATI -- Uber and Lyft driver Mark Price spends eight hours every night on the road, and every night, he sees a near-miss.

"There isn't an instance where I drive and I don't see a swerving car where they almost collide," Price said.

With this in mind, he wasn't surprised by a new American Automobile Association report that found drowsy driving crashes were eight times more common than federal estimates indicted.

AAA surveyed more than 700 drivers by placing dashboard cameras inside their cars and found up to 10 percent of serious crashes involved at least one drowsy driver.

Drowsiness isn't only caused by missed sleep. You might be taking medication that makes you sleepy even when you're well-rested. If you think this might be the case, you can learn more about your specific prescriptions here.

"As many Americans struggle to balance their busy schedules, missing a few hours of sleep each day can often seem harmless," AAA spokeswoman Jenifer Moore said in a news release. "But missing just two to three hours of sleep can more than quadruple your risk for a crash, which is the equivalent of driving drunk."

If you read that and thought to yourself that turning up the volume on your radio or swigging a Starbucks drink might be the answer, Moore put the kibosh on those ideas, too. 

There's only one effective solution for drowsiness on the road, she said: "Pull over immediately, pull into a parking lot and get some sleep."