Car Insurance Co. Reminds Motorists to Get Adequate Rest

Man sleeping in bedA new survey from auto insurance provider AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that, despite 85 percent of respondents’ saying that it’s “completely unacceptable” for motorists to drive when they are having trouble keeping their eyes open, 41 percent admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel.

These results come during the National Sleep Foundation’s Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, which began on Nov. 8 and last until Nov. 14.

The problem of drowsy driving is a serious one, as nearly 20 percent of fatal motor vehicle accidents are the result of inadequate sleep, according to the insurance company.

Peter Kissinger, AAA Foundation president and CEO, says drowsy motorists present serious dangers to themselves and to others on the road.

“Sleepiness decreases awareness, slows reaction time, and impairs judgment, just like drugs or alcohol, contributing to the possibility of a crash,” says Kissinger. “We need to change the culture so that not only will drivers recognize the dangers of driving while drowsy but will stop doing it.”

Keeping safe behind the wheel is vital not only to staying safe but also to keeping affordable car insurance prices within reach.

About Ben Zitney
Benjamin Zitney has been covering the auto insurance industry for the past 2.5 years. Before coming to Online Auto Insurance News, he produced an extensive company history of the 30-year-old California Joint Powers Insurance Authority and worked at the Cal State Long Beach Daily Forty-Niner as a reporter, copy editor and news editor.

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