With holiday travel fast approaching, it’s important to be reminded to get enough sleep before getting behind the wheel. Drivers who miss between one to two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period nearly double their risk for a crash, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
And missing two to three hours of sleep more than quadruples the risk for a crash, according to the new report, published Dec. 6 from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. This is the same crash risk a person faces when driving over the legal limit for alcohol, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“Our new research shows that a driver who has slept for less than five hours has a crash risk comparable to someone driving drunk,” David Yang, the executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, said in a statement.