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Dangers of Driving While Tired Disregarded by America Drivers

Have you tried driving while your mind and body are too stressed out? It’s practically normal for some of us because we often drive home after eight hours of work we’ve had to do that day. But most of us are unaware of the risks while driving tired.

The latest results from a GMAC Insurance study proved that American drivers have an intense detachment when it comes to risks of driving while tired. From the GMAC Insurance study, 96 percent from the 5,175 polled licensed drivers from all fifty states including the district of Columbia stated that they are aware of the hazards of driving while fatigued and said that it is as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol.

Actually, there are real behaviors that specify a direct contrast with 65 percent from the 130 million Americans who admitted that they would drive more than seven hours without any important breaks in one day alone. The shocking results popped out as millions of drivers will be on the open roads on the upcoming July 4 holiday which is also considered as the year’s deadliest driving day according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). Following July 4th as the deadliest is July 3rd and it is marked as the second deadliest driving day. The month of August is reported as the period with the most miles traveled by drivers than any other month.

“Everybody has their own personal threshold, but we believe that driving seven hours without significant breaks is pushing the limit,” said Gary Kusumi, the CEO and president, GMAC Insurance – Personal Lines. “And there’s no question that driving while fatigued is dangerous. More than 100,000 crashes each year are caused by drivers falling asleep at the wheel.”

The driver of the No. 25 National Guard/GMAC Chevrolet and recent winner of his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race, Casey Mears, said that staying alert is important when taking a long distance drive.

“When people hit the roads for long trips this summer, they really need to keep tabs on their level of fatigue,” Mears said. “It doesn’t pay to skimp on sleep, and coffee and cat naps are only a quick fix. Getting plenty of rest is one of the keys to staying safe and being at your best, whether you’re driving down the interstate or making laps around the race track.”

Mears offers the following tips to keep summer travel safe, fun and unforgettable:

  • Plan Ahead – The best way to make sure you’re alert? Get proper rest ahead of time before setting off on your road trip.
  • Avoid alcohol – Even the tiniest amount of alcohol can make you drowsy. If you’ll be driving, avoid it all together.
  • Take a Buddy – If possible, take a buddy along on long trips, so you can take turns driving.
  • Limit Driving After Midnight – Avoid driving between midnight and six a.m., when you’re most likely to feel fatigued.
  • Stop Driving – If you feel drowsy, the safest thing to do is to pull over and stop driving. As soon as possible, drive to the closest safe resting spot, such as a motel or a friend’s house, and catch up on your sleep.
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