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Healthy Sleep Project Urges Parents to Talk with Teens about Drowsy Driving Risks

Posted by admin on Apr 7, 2015 1:00:00 AM

The American Association of Sleep Technologists and other partners in the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project urge all parents of teen and novice drivers to talk with their children about the risks of drowsy driving. Teens need to understand the importance of getting 9 hours of nightly sleep for optimal daytime alertness and should commit to pull over or avoid driving if they haven't gotten enough sleep. Data show that drivers between 16 and 24 years of age are most likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident related to drowsy driving.

The Healthy Sleep Project's "Awake at the Wheel" campaign is raising awareness of the risks of driving while drowsy in order to reduce avoidable accidents and save lives.

Read the press release: Healthy Sleep Project urges parents to teach teens to avoid drowsy driving

Learn more: Awake at the Wheel webpage