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ROAD SAGE Hey drowsy drivers, give it a rest

The Globe and Mail -- The AAA studied 2,000 drivers and found that 10% had fallen asleep at the wheel and more than 25% had continued driving even though they were having trouble keeping their eyes open. The report shows that two out of five drivers admitted to having fallen asleep at the wheel.

Such soporific motoring is dangerous. Numbers from the U.S. National highway Traffic Safety Administration collected between 1998 and 2008 shows that one in six deadly crashes involves a drowsy driver.

Here are some of the universal signs from drowsydriving.org that you’re sleep deprived:

Frequent blinking, longer duration blinks and head nodding.
Having trouble keeping one’s eyes open and focused.
Memory lapses or daydreaming.
Drifting from one’s driving lane or off the road.


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Submitted Jan 24, 2013 By: Nicoalbum
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 5:59:53 AM

duh! And how much did this study cost the members of AAA? Good use of membership funds, I'm sure.
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clpassenubye
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 12:06:56 AM

Drowsy drivers are just as dangerous as drunk drivers just pull over and stop driving it will help everyone
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DanMtz
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:42:24 PM

Waking up going 80 is no fun.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:24:46 PM

Yawning is a good indicator to me; yawn!
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:29:24 AM

Protect others---get OFF the road!
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:43:13 AM

And some just have Sleep Apnea
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StArrow68
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:23:22 AM

More technology to address this has been in development for over a decade. Used to see reviews back in the early 2000's when stability control was still in beginning stages of roll out. As with most new tech it will only help the high end at the beginning.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:32:21 AM

Interesting,
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:29:14 AM

I guess the only thing that would be worse is

a drunk driver

falling asleep

while testing.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:03:29 AM

As a society, we are working ourselves into the ground thru too much activity in each day. We need to learn to relax, slow down, and take a nap once in a while.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:59:17 AM

Isn't that what cruise control is for? So you can sleep and drive? lol
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:58:57 AM

Not a good feeling.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:57:33 AM

OLD
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:56:50 AM

Been one of them, not a good feeling.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:55:36 AM

We know!
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:54:35 AM

We Know.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:49:51 AM

hmmm
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It only takes a second to have a fatal accident.
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I've read that story before.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:49:27 AM

We know.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:48:58 AM

Give it a rest.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:48:50 AM

Get plenty of rest before driving.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:47:48 AM

about the third time ive read this story in the last 2 weeks
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:46:56 AM

People need to think about the risk involved with sleepy driving and pull over, instead of ignoring it.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:45:53 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:44:57 AM

nothing new here folks, move along .
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:44:47 AM

there should be a law against sleepy driving... wait
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:44:00 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:43:53 AM

I'm not sure we need signs to know when we are drowsy. Highways (on the east coast at least) need more places to pull off if you start feeling drowsy.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:43:49 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:43:25 AM

read this before
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:42:27 AM

This is a old recycled article from a few weeks ago from AAA on drowes drivers.

[Edited by: justme48 at 1/24/2013 7:43:00 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:42:18 AM

My driving is pretty much ten miles per day, five miles per segment. If I have a nap before I leave I am ok.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:41:05 AM

Been there. Done that.
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Yike's!!!
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:40:32 AM


Signs: When you open your eyes, you find that you're not in Kansas anymore.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:38:56 AM

my father taught me to keep lemon drops in the car They have helped get that past fifty miles without risking falling asleep
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:37:36 AM

Give me a couple of cinder clocks & a 2x4 for a seat & I'm good to go.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:37:15 AM

No surprises.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:37:07 AM

k
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:37:04 AM

Just as dangerous as a drunk.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:36:24 AM

'zap' seats
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:35:40 AM

Modern day vehicles are build with lounge seats and full blown entertainment centers and have all but eliminated road noise; creating the perfect setting for a nap. Pretty simple. It is just going to get worse in the future as manufacturers work harder to give the drivers less to do and make their vehicles more like moving luxury palaces. Vehicles that drive themselves can't come soon enough to relieve these problems. Program your vehicle to start itself and bring the interior to a preset temperature and humidity level and be ready and waiting to take you to your destination. Then it takes you there and drops you off and goes somewhere and parks itself. Stuff that was in comic books and science fiction cartoons when I was a kid is becoming reality. I never though I would actually be around to see it happen. In the meantime, we need to try to stay awake and not get distracted while the innovators finish doing their jobs ;)
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:35:14 AM

yawn
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:34:57 AM

Well maybe if we all didn't have to kill ourselves to keep our jobs, things would be different.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:34:33 AM

Rest areas need to be plentiful, interesting and safe.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:34:20 AM

This is were smart cars can help.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:34:12 AM

has been forever
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More bull
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:33:35 AM

Why would ANYONE in their right mind drive a m/v if their were falling asleep?
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:33:29 AM

But I was told Ambien controls my road rage.
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