Navigation Links
Move to Daylight Savings Time Increases Risk of Drowsy Driving
Date:3/6/2008

More than a third of drivers admit to falling asleep at wheel; National

Road Safety Foundation offers tips to stay awake on the road

NEW YORK, March 6 /PRNewswire/ -- As clocks spring ahead for the start of daylight savings time this weekend, roads and highways throughout the nation become a bit more dangerous, according to the National Road Safety Foundation, Inc., a non-profit group that provides free driver safety programs including it's newest, called "Recognizing the drowsy driver."

"The change throws off our internal clock, and it can take as long as two weeks for our bodies to adjust," says Adele Kristiansson, director of marketing and legislative affairs at the National Road Safety Foundation.

"Drowsiness is a condition most drivers fail to recognize, and it can be as dangerous as drinking and driving," she adds. "Studies show 60 percent of us have driven while feeling fatigued, and more than a third admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel in the past year. Drowsiness is a factor in a substantial number of traffic crashes."
Experts list several signs that should warn a driver to stop and rest:

-- Difficulty focusing, with frequent blinking

-- Daydreaming or not remembering the last few miles driven

-- Head nodding

-- Repeated yawning or rubbing eyes

-- Drifting out of your lane, tailgating or hitting shoulder rumble

strips

If you experience any of these warning signs, pull over at the next exit or a safe rest area and take a break or a 20-minute nap. Have a cup or two of coffee or caffeinated snacks and allow 30 minutes for the caffeine to enter your bloodstream. Don't drink alcohol or take medication.

Sleep-induced crashes are often very serious, since the driver does not take evasive or corrective action as the vehicle loses control.

Over the past 40 years, the National Road Safety Foundation has produced films and teaching materials that have been used to train millions of young drivers about the dangers of drinking and driving, speeding and aggressive driving. The Foundation's newest program, "Recognizing the Drowsy Driver," is available free by calling 1-800-SAFEPATH or visit http://www.nationalroadsafety.org to download it and other driver safety programs.

Contact: David Reich

(212) 573-6000

david@reichcommunications.com


'/>"/>
SOURCE National Road Safety Foundation
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Surviving Daylight Saving Switch
2. Bodys Clock Never Adjusts to Daylight Savings Time
3. RFID Promises Cost-Savings, Increased Efficiency for Pharma
4. Rural Hospital Chooses Microsoft Dynamics GP for Healthy Time and Labor Savings
5. Mangrove Announces Health Savings Account (HSA) and Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) Product Launches
6. From Research to Practice: Healthfitness, Eastman Chemical Company Case Study Demonstrates Real-World Health Gains and Productivity Savings
7. Health care savings, coverage for all could lower spending $1.5 trillion over 10 years
8. Video: New Web Site Helps Consumers and Employers Make Smart Choices on Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)
9. UCLA Research Shows Dramatic Savings for Medicaid When Head Start Parents Learn to Care for Kids Illnesses
10. Ericom Provides Significant Cost-Savings for Major New York City Healthcare Organization
11. People With Chronic Conditions Experience Additional Benefits of Cost Savings by Wearing a Medical ID
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/25/2016)... Oklahoma (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... both athletes and non-athletes recover from injury. Recently, he has implemented orthobiologic procedures ... Oklahoma City area —Johnson is one of the first doctors to perform the ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Those who have ... these feelings, many turn to unhealthy avenues, such as drug or alcohol abuse, as ... Michigan, has released tools for healthy coping following a traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. announced ... attorneys chosen by their peers for this recognition are considered among the top 2 ... received special honors as members of this year’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame: ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... People across the U.S. are sharpening ... Talker Award, an essay contest in which patients and their families pay tribute to ... at the 2016 National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education Conference (AEC) this ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... Strategic Capital Partners, LLC (SCP) in ... investment capital for emerging technology companies. SCP has delivered investment events and ... more than a million dollars of capital investment for five companies. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... June 24, 2016   Bay Area Lyme ... Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness , ... Rehabilitation, MIT Hacking Medicine, University of California, Berkeley, ... announced the five finalists of Lyme Innovation ... More than 100 scientists, clinicians, researchers, entrepreneurs, and ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... and SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. , June 24, 2016 ... mobile pulmonary function testing company, is now able to perform sophisticated ... by ndd Medical Technologies , Inc. Patients ... hospital-based labs.  Thanks to ndd,s EasyOne PRO ® , ARL patients ... get any needed testing done in the comfort of her own ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... June 24, 2016  Arkis BioSciences, a leading ... and more durable cerebrospinal fluid treatments, today announced ... Series-A funding is led by Innova Memphis, followed ... other private investors.  Arkis, new financing will accelerate ... the market release of its in-licensed Endexo® technology. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: