Hal Eisner here. I want to do a little something different here. I want to ask you an important question. We always hear about drunk driving and driving too fast, but do you "drive drowsy?"
You don't have to answer out loud, but I want you to think about the last time you were behind the wheel and couldn't keep your eyelids propped up, yawned repeatedly, drifted, swerved, missed exits or felt restless. All are signs you shouldn't be behind the wheel according to the California Highway Patrol.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says each year 100,000 crashes happen because of driver fatigue and drowsy driving leads to 40,000 injuries and 1550 deaths.
I asked driver Kenny Jones "Do you ever drive drowsy?" His response, "ever drive drowsy? a little tired? yeah." Driver Allison Elliott told me "it's bad that I drive drowsy, but I do."
The CHP says a lot of drivers just don't understand how dangerous they are when their tired. They say drowsiness can impair judgement, reaction time and a driver's attention. And, here's another scary number. The American Automobile Association estimates that one out of every six deadly traffic accidents is due to drowsy driving.
A lot of drivers like Kenny Jones say when they get drowsy they"turn the music up and roll the windows down to wake myself up." I asked, "you don't think you ought to pull yourself off the road instead? No," he said, "I usually wake up once I do that." Allison Elliott says "sometimes I'll stop and get some coffee or something that's caffinated to keep myself up. But, other times she says she cranks up the radio.
The CHP says that's not the answer. It's better to pull off the road and take a 20 minute nap. 20 minutes, they say, can help get rid of the fatigue.