1 in 24 Adults Admit to Drowsy Driving: Have You Ever Fallen Asleep Behind the Wheel?

Living 2013/01/07 03:27:02
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According to a recent CDC survey, 1 in 24 U.S. adults admit to nodding off or falling asleep at the wheel at least once in the previous month. And some health officials think the percentage might be even higher because some people don't realize when they've nodded off for a couple seconds while driving.

"If I'm on the road, I'd be a little worried about the other drivers," said the study's lead author, Anne Wheaton of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Interestingly, the study found that drowsy driving is more common in men, people ages 25 to 34, those who get less than six hours of sleep a night, and strangely Texans.

According to Newser, “the government estimates that about 3 percent of fatal traffic crashes involve drowsy drivers, but other estimates have put that number as high as 33 percent.”

What about you SodaHeads? Have you ever fallen asleep behind the wheel?

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  • Kigan 2013/01/07 04:46:18
    I guess drowsy driving is the new drunk driving?

    Curiously: The CDC is studying this?

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  • sammanilla 2013/01/09 16:44:49
    Once getting up early for a drive north to Canada I fell asleep on a highway and drove 30 miles to the end of the road, missing my exit by about 20 miles. The shock of doing it has prevented me from doing that again.
  • Tommy 2013/01/09 16:44:36
    Isn't that why they put the horn button there?
  • timothy.hill.14 2013/01/09 07:12:43
    I fell asleep only one time driving back to Ft. Polk LA from New Orleans after having done the Mardis Gras thing in one day. My car glanced off a guard rail and I was Mr. Adrenaline the rest of the way home.
  • arkiii 2013/01/09 03:40:27
    once when i was driving back after a hard day of working....
  • kdalexander 2013/01/09 03:26:06
    I came too close for comfort one time driving home after a concert. Ended up checking into a hotel for the night. I think everyone has driven when they're tired, even if they say they haven't.
  • clasact 2013/01/09 03:07:40
    Normally what I am driveing wheights about 80,000 lbs and is about 70 ft long ,I really cant afford to fall asleep when I am behind that wheel,I know when to pull off if I am tired
  • Keanu 2013/01/09 03:00:32
    Haven't had enough opportunities behind the wheel in order to do so. I suppose I'm fortunate.
  • Lerro DeHazel 2013/01/09 02:05:55
    Lerro DeHazel
    Yes a lot . . . I used to slap my face when I would drive across Country; to keep from falling asleep. Sometimes I would sleep but not deep enough to make it a loss of control at the wheel . . . I would not remember certain tracts-of-miles that I had covered. It is stupid to do that . . . I was wrong. I placed others-lives at risk . . . AND THAT IS BEING SELFISH @ STUPID!!! I would NEVER do such stupid-stuff again.
  • Resp 2013/01/09 02:00:26
    I was drowsy and drove off of the road. No more. I pull over and take a nap if I'm drowsy now.
  • A Lionheart 2013/01/09 01:50:46
    A Lionheart
    Very close a few times.

    A couple of weeks ago I saw a guy ahead of drift across two lanes and smack the concrete center divider. Luckily he recovered and pulled off the highway. I stopped to check on him and he was nearly in tears. He said it was the first time in 60 years of driving that it happened to him. Didn't do much visible damage to his vehicle. It was a Jeep Grand Cherokee, newer model.
  • MrSexyPants 2013/01/09 00:35:11
  • BigFig#9 2013/01/09 00:06:53
    Funny - it was only when I was young - kind of got through that by 25.
  • Sailor Jerry [Proud Liberta... 2013/01/08 23:14:31 (edited)
    Sailor Jerry [Proud Libertarian]
    i totaled a car because i fell asleep. it's not worth driving if you're tired, don't risk your car or your life.
  • Scheißegal 2013/01/08 20:15:06
    Well no matter how tired I've been, I couldn't possibly fall asleep...that is more dangerous than drunk driving. At least if you're drunk you are paying attention.
  • t.eliot, topbard 2013/01/08 19:44:55
    t.eliot, topbard
    I have not actually fallen asleep at the wheel, but I've come close. I call BS on the 23 of 24 who deny drowsy driving.
  • Scorpio... t.eliot... 2013/04/17 11:58:56
    Maybe some of them (the 23) don't drive, If the study was not exclusively drivers then it is biased. Only one of my family members drives and most of my neighbors don't drive either, I'd have to find the study to look at the data more closely (Link above is dead)
  • roger.tafel 2013/01/08 19:43:45
    Yeah, and its scary as hell! Nothing like veering off onto a loose shoulder and waking up to find yourself being pulled off the road toward the trees. Holy crap! To me, there are not many things more painful than trying to force yourself to stay awake while driving when drowsy.
  • Tylurr 2013/01/08 19:16:01
    Are you kidding?! I used to live in an area with a bunch of high schoolers that either had their permit or license. I almost got hit by them several times walking because SOME OF THEM DON'T UNDERSTAND THE PURPOSE OF A RED LIGHT.

    My dad always told me, "Always assume that nobody else knows how to drive at all."
  • piegirl333 2013/01/08 18:42:57
    I'm 13. I can't drive.
  • Mr.Steve 2013/01/08 17:34:46
  • zebsmom 2013/01/08 17:29:41
    More often than I'd like to admit. The worst was when I worked 18 hour evening to night shift double shifts. I got off work at 8 am and had a horrible commute home. It was about 2 hours of crawling through commute traffic and I often nodded off on the way home. That's when I found out it wasn't legal to pull off to the side of the road and take a nap.
  • rebeccasrevenge 2013/01/08 16:58:57
    teacupI fell asleep at the wheel of the Teacup ride at Disneyland.Thanks to the fast response of the attendants tragedy was averted
  • David 2013/01/08 16:54:34
    I have but on very rare occasions. Driving normally keeps me awake.
  • Cortland 2013/01/08 16:28:42
    that's when it's time to pull over and take a quick power nap
  • angel face 2013/01/08 16:24:48
    angel face
    But I have spaced out while driving and I guess God helped me get home safely because by the time I came to I would always be home and I always thank God for that because I could have easily died or killed someone else.
  • jacktown kid 2013/01/08 16:16:08
    jacktown kid
    Yes I have from time to time
  • lovemykiddos 2013/01/08 15:50:28
    not for very long just a second I was working like three jobs at the time.
  • u000 2013/01/08 15:18:05
    No, no way. I'd stop and take a walk on the fresh air or drink a coffee.
  • harasnicole 2013/01/08 14:39:11
    Because I don't drive.
  • EvilMonkey 2013/01/08 13:44:22
    Fell asleep in Bakersfield and woke up 100 miles later in Fresno. Either that or I was abducted by aliens.
  • JackoClubs 2013/01/08 10:37:55
    Fallen asleep? No...but my wife dozes behind the wheel, all the time. I call it "car-colepsy".
  • mobin 2013/01/08 10:23:29
  • Beat Magnum True Hero 2013/01/08 06:42:48
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    Used to be something of a chronic problem in my younger days but it doesn't happen anymore, even when I push long past reason.
  • Mark 2013/01/08 06:20:34
    I used to drive for a living and yes I have. Scary as hell when you wake up realizing you fell asleep.
  • William 2013/01/08 06:14:20
    A long time ago, when I was young and stupid, I fell asleep driving outside of Phoenix. The tall grass in the center median woke me up and I steered clear of a road sign to get back on the road. Pushing yourself out of pride is the worst thing you can do. Anymore, if I am driving long and sleepy, I pull into a gas station and let the attendant know I just need an hour of rest. They usually empathize and let me doze for as long as I need.
  • Birthpangs 2013/01/08 05:33:54
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    I almost have though! I pulled over and bought a monster coffee flavored energy drink and I was good to go.
  • ProudMom 2013/01/08 04:05:11
    On long trips I may start to get very sleepy, and then it's time to pull over and get out and walk around or let someone else drive.
  • Mrs. V 2013/01/08 03:39:37
    Mrs. V
    Perhaps for a split second. Scares me wide awake.
  • flowercivic 2013/01/08 03:35:07
    Not myself as I got to hear about my uncle totaling three trucks driving and falling asleep at the wheel.

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