Earlier this month, the AAA Foundation conducted a survey that revealed the extent of drowsiness in car drivers. To see a copy of the report click here. 41% of drivers surveyed admitted to falling asleep or nodding off while driving at least once in their lifetime. This includes 11% who did so during the last year and 3.9% within in the last month.
A closer look at the statistics provides interesting insight into those who fell asleep. A greater percentage of people indicated that they fell asleep between the hours of noon and 5 p.m. than those who reported falling asleep between midnight and 6 a.m. Also, a greater percentage of drivers admitted to falling sleep within the first hour of driving than those who did so after driving 3 hours or more.
As the industry waits for the latest revisions to the hours-of-service regulations, these statistics as to automobile drivers by an automobile association are of particular interest.