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1 in 24 Americans admit to having fallen asleep while driving

GasBuddy Blog -- And believe it or not, U.S. health officials behind the latest study on 'drowsy driving' think the number is probably higher. That's because some people don't realize it when they nod off for a second or two behind the wheel.

In the CDC study released last week, about 4 percent of U.S. adults said they nodded off or fell asleep at least once while driving in the previous month. Some earlier studies reached a similar conclusion, but the CDC telephone survey of 147,000 adults was far larger. It was conducted in 19 states and the District of Columbia.

"If I'm on the road, I'd be a little worried about the other drivers," said the study's lead author, Anne Wheaton of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 2:53:14 AM

not sure what's worse,... driving sleepy or driving and texting.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 9:22:06 PM

wake up
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Rerun,
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 1:47:46 PM

Old news
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 11:49:11 AM

I've come close...but I pulled over and took a nap
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:04:46 AM

old
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Costello
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 7:38:56 AM

Protect the rest of us!!! Stay at home and get the sleep you need!
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 7:12:36 AM

I can't sleep in a moving vehicle, so I might as well drive. I'll never fall asleep behind the wheel.
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 6:52:47 AM

again?
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 6:41:35 AM

It is very important to realize that almost all long interstate drives involve drivers that make the mistake of trying to drive through the first nod only to find they nod again a few minutes later.

Learn to recognize the symptoms leading up to your nod and pull over for a few minutes of doing anything but driving.

Personally my prevention symptom is when I notice my eyes having a hard time tracking up and down. It's a little hard to explain but it is almost as if my eyes are semi-locked in the ability to compensate for suspension travel giving me the impression that the "ride" has gone to a really stiff state except that nothing about the vehicle has changed. All that has changed is my ability to compensate for the normal driving dynamics of the vehicle.
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 6:27:52 AM

Sleep at home.
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 6:18:19 AM

Ugh.
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 6:03:11 AM

scary, but true
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 6:02:43 AM

dummies that don't pull over when tired have no sympathy here
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 6:01:26 AM

A dangerous situation!
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 6:00:37 AM

Okay????
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 6:00:15 AM

How does this compare with the people who are fully awake but are stupid behind the wheel?
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:59:52 AM

I can see it happening... People do not know how to stay awake and keep on top of themselves to prevent this.
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:59:25 AM

did you know it's dangerous to drive when you have the flu? Look at the current epidemic - I bet bunches of those victims are driving all over.
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:59:12 AM

Very dangerous!
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:58:54 AM

Easily!
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:57:56 AM

Falling asleep reading this again.
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:57:17 AM

A little scary.
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:57:06 AM

Not counting the ones that did it for the VERY last time!
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:56:55 AM

Never done it
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:56:50 AM


A couple of electric prods in every driver's seat, set to go off every five minutes will take care of that!
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:56:28 AM

Wow!
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:56:28 AM

*yawn* I'm still at the computer for a reason.
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:54:31 AM

Old "news," but still scary.
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:53:07 AM

Not good at all, if they kill only themselves that's okay but unfortunately they will take others with themselves.
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:53:04 AM

Not too surprising.
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:52:46 AM

does this improve mpg?
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:52:34 AM

That is frightening.
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:52:20 AM

If you drive, don't sleep!
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:52:06 AM

not good
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:51:48 AM

scary
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:51:40 AM

Not the only wheel a lot of people are asleep at =:)
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:51:39 AM

scary
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:51:22 AM

Yup.
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:51:16 AM

Get off the road!
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:50:00 AM

happened to me, I was lucky
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:48:32 AM

Stupid.
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:48:32 AM

it happens
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:47:00 AM


OLD NEWS get New Articles
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:46:33 AM

Only one in twenty four admit it but it is probably a lot more. A lot nod off for a few seconds and do not even realize it. Ever get some where and not remember going past a familiar land mark or road junction? You probably nodded off and did not realize it. It probably has happened to most of us that spend a lot of time on the road.
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:46:26 AM

probably more
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dm9667_23
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:46:16 AM

I did in my youth, but luckily not recently.
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:45:45 AM

This is a real issue. I have not done it yet, but I remember one time when my father did.
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:45:44 AM

what does CDC have to dowith falling asleep while drivingZ?
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:45:27 AM

There are those who admit it and those who do fall asleep and don't admint it. 1 in 24 is not an accurate number, it's accually higher.
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