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By 88th Air Base Wing Safety Office, Eric T. Hoehn
/ Published August 30, 2022
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- This is the time of year many of us will spend extra hours behind the wheel as we drive to and from vacation destinations, recreational outings or social activities. Very often, that driving time slowly erodes our ability to operate a vehicle safely as the miles go by.
Drowsy or fatigued driving causes at least 91,000 police-reported crashes every year and killed nearly 700 Americans in 2019, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Sleepiness slows a driver’s reaction time, decreases awareness and impairs judgment.
Fortunately, the NHTSA also provides some helpful tips to avoid driver fatigue and its increased crashing risk:
Tips and warnings
Using these strategies can be the difference between having a travel experience that is terrific or tragic. Be safe and smart while driving and remember that fatigue is a hazard to be guarded against every time you are behind the wheel.