Insurance Insights: Driving with Eyes Closed
There is increasing evidence that “driving while drowsy” poses as much of a risk of crashing as driving while drunk. In fact, a new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals that missing just one to two hours of sleep during a 24-hour period can nearly double the risk of a vehicle crash. Even worse, drivers are 11.5 times more likely to be in a crash if they have had less than 4 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period. Yet, despite knowing that sleep deprivation can lead to drowsiness and reduced concentration, about one driver in 25 reports having fallen asleep behind the wheel in the past month.
An auto insurance policy consists of six different types of coverage, and we can tell you which ones you are required to carry. In addition, we will determine that appropriate amount of coverage limits and discounts that are available to policyholders. Consumers can save money for a variety of reasons, including driving vehicles with anti-theft devices, completing a driver’s education course, or for being a senior citizen. To learn more, please call us today.
Quick Tip: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowsy driving was responsible for 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries, and 800 deaths in 2013.