Everybody knows about the dangers of drunk driving. However, fewer people are familiar with another vehicular danger that is equally deadly: drowsy driving. If driving while sleepy sounds like something everyone does from time to time, that's because it is; a study by AAA for Traffic Safety indicates that over 40 percent of drivers admitted to having operated a vehicle while drowsy.
The frightening part is that, not only is drowsy driving rather common, but it is far deadlier than you may realize. Being very tired decreases your awareness when you're trying to drive, slowing your reaction time, and impairing your judgment in much the same way as alcohol or drugs. In fact, if you stay awake for 24 hours, it is the equivalent of consuming six alcoholic beverages.