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:6/27/2016)... Brooklyn, NY (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2016 ... ... is using cutting edge technology to revolutionize the emergency ambulance transport experience for ... Many are aware of how Uber has disrupted the taxi industry through the ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... Pixel Film Studios Released ProSlice Levels, a Media ... give their videos a whole new perspective by using the title layers in ... Studios. , ProSlice Levels contains over 30 Different presets to choose from. ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Experts from the American Institutes ... Research Meeting June 26-28, 2016, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. , ... advance care planning, healthcare costs and patient and family engagement. , AIR researchers ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... First Choice Emergency ... named Dr. Sesan Ogunleye, as the Medical Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. ... Director of our new Mesquite location,” said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the ... In terms of the latter, setting the bar too high can result in disappointment, ... just slow progress toward their goal. , Research from PsychTests.com reveals ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 ... Market by Type (Standard Pen Needles, Safety Pen Needles), ... (Insulin, GLP-1, Growth Hormone), Mode of Purchase (Retail, Non-Retail) ... MarketsandMarkets, This report studies the market for the forecast ... to reach USD 2.81 Billion by 2021 from USD ...
(Date:6/24/2016)...  Arkis BioSciences, a leading innovator in the ... cerebrospinal fluid treatments, today announced it has secured ... led by Innova Memphis, followed by Angel Capital ... Arkis, new financing will accelerate the commercialization of ... of its in-licensed Endexo® technology. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016 Any dentist who has made an ... current process. Many of them do not even offer this ... and high laboratory costs involved. And those who ARE able ... such a high cost that the majority of today,s patients ... Parsa Zadeh , founder of Dental Evolutions Inc. and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: