Yes. According to the National Sleep Foundation, teens should get nine to ten hours of sleep, but they average about seven and a half hours per night. Lack of sleep causes poor reaction time, poor thinking, and bad vision. It also leads to a low processing speed of information, short-term memory, and sub-par performance. Lack of sleep can act in the same way as driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Driving at night, which subsequently often leads to driving while drowsy, is the biggest risk factor for fatal teen car accidents.
Here are ways to stay safe and prevent a Colleyville teen auto collision:
- Consider how much sleep you have had before getting behind the wheel.
- If you feel drowsy, pull over to a safe spot and take a 15 to 20 minute nap.
- If you need to drive a long distance, plan your route with proper rest breaks.
- Drink caffeine! Two cups of coffee are enough to increase your alertness for several hours of driving.
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