The beginning or end of daylight savings time each year marks a real rise in the risk of DWD —- Driving While Drowsy. With the end of daylight savings time arriving this weekend, it will be extra important to “watch out for the other guy“ while on the road in the weeks ahead. He / she may be half asleep…..
How big a risk is Driving While Drowsy? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driver fatigue is considered a factor in more than 100,000 crashes, approximately 1,500 deaths, 71,000 injuries and amounts to $12.5 billion in losses each year. Big enough?
Many who would never drive while intoxicated have admitted to driving while drowsy. I regret that I have “nodded off” while driving overly tired a few times. After one particularly close call (thank heaven for rumble strips) I now take precautions to eliminate this risk.
Following is a link to a great article that may benefit someone you know who needs to be reminded of the dangers of DWD. Why not forward this to someone you know: http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/national/2013/10/30/239152.htm