Is your teen too tired to drive?
Sleepiness and driving are a dangerous combination – in fact, just as dangerous as driving under the influence. Ask your kids if they are alert enough to drive.
Any driver can become fatigued, but young people are at the highest risk for drowsy driving — especially males under the age of 26.
Teenagers are often up early for school, or out late for events. Make sure your kids are getting enough sleep to prevent Drowsy Driving.
of drowsy driving crashes involve those under 25 years old
What can I do?
Start by knowing the signs and be proactive. This applies to your teen, but to you as well.
The most important thing is don’t allow your teen to operate a motor vehicle if they are sleep-deprived.
The term sleep deprivation refers to getting less than the needed amount of sleep, which, for adults, ranges from seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Teens need even more nightly sleep with a recommended range of 8-10 hours.
Resources for a Better Understanding
As the global voice for sleep health, National Sleep Foundation educates the public through our annual Drowsy Driving Prevention Week campaign and reminds the public to put sleep first.
The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) is dedicated to improving health and well-being through sleep education and advocacy. Founded in 1990, the NSF is committed to advancing excellence in sleep health theory, research, and practice.