National Sleep Foundation's Drowsy Driving Prevention Week
In an effort to reduce the number of fatigue-related crashes and to save
lives, the National Sleep Foundation is declaring November 8 – 14,
2010 as Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. This annual campaign provides
public education about the under-reported risks of driving while drowsy
and countermeasures to improve safety on the road.
Here’s what you can do to prevent a fall-asleep crash:
• Get a good night’s sleep before you hit the road.
• Don’t be too rushed to arrive at your destination.
• Use the buddy system.
• Take a nap.
• Avoid alcohol and medications that cause drowsiness as a side-effect.
• Avoid driving at times when you would normally be asleep.
• Consume caffeine.
Most fall-asleep crashes involve drivers aged 25 years and younger, a
sobering statistic that prompted the National Sleep Foundation to take
action and launch Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, as a public awareness
and advocacy campaign designed to teach young drivers and everyone on
the road about the dangers of drowsy driving and how to prevent a fall-asleep crash.
To arrange for a sleep expert to visit your school, company or organization
to talk about health sleep and the dangers of drowsy driving, contact
St. John’s Sleep Disorder Clinic at 739-7300 or visit
for more information.