Every day, hundreds of millions of people drive their cars for long and short distances. But how many of these drivers have stopped to consider how dangerous it is to drive while being tired?
The truth is, very few people think driving while tired is a big risk. However, statistics show that it is very dangerous – in fact, almost as dangerous as driving drunk. (Accidents caused by drowsy drivers lead to 30,000 deaths every year.)
While driving in a drowsy state, the driver is highly vulnerable to something called micro-sleep.
Micro-sleep can last for up to 30 seconds, and when it occurs, the driver is unconscious and does not respond to any environmental sensors, including sound or light. Micro-sleep is often a result of sleep deprivation, but can also occur while driving monotonously for a long time