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Drowsy Driving: The Dastardly Dilemma

A recent CDC study reported that 1 in 24 U.S. adults say they recently fell asleep while driving. Now that is something that will give you nightmares! The health officials behind the study think the number is probably even higher because some people don’t realize when they nod off for just a second or two behind the wheel.

The study found that drowsy driving is more common in men, people ages 25 to 34, people who average less than six hours of sleep each night, and, oddly enough, Texans. Sleep deprivation impairs drivers by slowing reaction time, making you less attentive and inhibits your decision making ability. To prevent drowsy driving, CDC researchers recommend getting seven to nine hours of sleep every night, treating any sleeping disorders and staying out of Texas (just kidding about that last one).

Another way to avoid snoozing behind the wheel is to pick up a carpool partner. On days when you just couldn't get enough sleep, your carpool partner can take over the reins while you take a catnap. Not only will you get a few more minutes of rest, but you’ll be helping reduce traffic, which can lower your stress to help you sleep better at night. Full circle achieved!

Commuters looking for carpool or vanpool partners to share the ride can receive ridematching assistance through Georgia Commute Options. There are tens of thousands of commuters in the database so odds are pretty good that you might find a neighbor or co-worker heading in the same direction. Register for the ridematching service today and make sure to get enough rest tonight.

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