Falling Asleep Behind the Wheel More Common Than You Think

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Insurance Hunter did a Neglected Driver Survey of 1003 Ontario parents with children under the age of 12 who take family road trips which revealed:

– 30% of men have nodded off behind the wheel (and 14% of women)
 – 23% of men swerved because they were tired (and 11% of women)
 – 32% of men were worried about getting their family into an accident because they were tired while driving (and 24% of women.)

Do you see a pattern here? Men are more likely to take chances and drive while tired. The study also found younger parents were more likely to continue driving while tired.

Why? It seems that perhaps everyone is worried about the kids, and not the adults. If the kids are happy, 47% of 18-34 year olds said they would continue driving even if they felt tired. Specifically, men are more likely to drive during family trips and drivers needs seem to be ignored, a scary trend.

See the rest of the Insurance Hunter’s safety survey.

So now here’s the big question? Have you ever driven while tired? I don’t drive but my husband has driven tired on many occasions. He works occasional midnights and is a night person anyways so he is often asleep when I need to be driven somewhere. He wants to sleep as long as possible so he wakes up only 20 minutes before he has to take me. I don’t like when he drives tired and wish he would at least wake up an hour or more before to give him more time to wake up.

Whether you drive tired or not, it’s important to make sure you have proper insurance on your vehicle before driving anywhere but especially before a long car trip.

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