“Be Safe! No texting and driving!”
Something similar to this phrase is shouted in homes across the country as teens grab the car keys and step out the door.
What advice do you give your teens about driving? Do you remind them not to use their phones and not to drive after drinking alcohol? These are great and necessary reminders for teen drivers. However, there is another major risk that you may forget.
Teen drivers are susceptible to dangers caused by drowsiness. Teens are already at greater risk of causing car accidents than other age groups. A recent study completed by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 1 out of every 7 drivers between the age of 16 and 24 admitted to falling asleep at least once while driving in the last year. Teens have the highest rate of drowsy driving among all age groups. The symptoms of drowsy driving include yawning often and difficulty keeping one’s eyes open. Driving when fatigued is comparable to driving while intoxicated.
How do we help our teens avoid the effects of drowsy driving? We can encourage young drivers to be well-rested before they get on the road, whether this means a full night’s sleep or an afternoon nap before driving. To remain alert, encourage drivers to take breaks every two hours and have a passenger who can drive as well. Drowsiness is a serious risk. By encouraging your teens to recognize drowsiness and stay alert on the road, you’ll be reducing the risk of fatal crashes and improving the conditions for everyone on the road.
At D&R Autoworks, we care about our customers and want them to stay safe behind the wheel. Watching our behavior and encouraging our loved ones to be aware of drowsy driving can help us keep the roads safe. We know you’ll do what it takes to protect your family and encourage your young drivers to be responsible behind the wheel. And, in the meantime, if there’s any way we can be of assistance, don’t hesitate to give us a call or stop by the station. We’ll always do whatever we can to help you get your wheels in gear for the road ahead.