WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Sleep first. Drive alert. Sunday, Nov. 6 through Sunday, Nov. 13, is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week.

According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), you are at a greater risk of a crash when you drive sleep deprived.

The NSF shares the following statistics:

  • According to the 2022 Drowsy Driving Survey:
    • 95% of Americans think drowsy driving is risky, but a majority of drivers do it anyway
    • 6 in 10 drivers (62%) have driven a car when they were so tired that they had a hard time keeping their eyes open, a projected 150+ million U.S. motorists
    • 37 million motorists are estimated to drive drowsy at least once per year
    • Almost 2 in 10 drivers (18%) are overly confident in their ability to drive after sleeping only 2 hours or less the previous night
  • Drowsy driving causes thousands of car crashes each year and kills an estimated 6,400 people in the U.S. alone, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports an estimated 100,000 crashes each year are caused primarily by drowsy driving, resulting in more than 71,000 injuries and $12.5 million in damages

“Drivers who sleep less than 5 hours per night are 6x more likely to be involved in a crash,” Drive Safe Kansas – KDOT tweeted.

Know the warning signs.

Drive Safe Kansas – KDOT

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) says signs you are too drowsy to drive include:

  • Having trouble keeping your head up
  • Nodding off
  • Veering into another lane or rumble strip
  • Frequent yawning

KDOT tweeted out some safety tips:

  • Get plenty of rest
  • Never drive drowsy
  • Watch for pedestrians
  • Use those headlights
  • Be on the lookout for deer/other animals
  • Drive alert

KDOT says turning back clocks because of Daylight Saving Time can affect us in unexpected ways, including driving.

To learn more about Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, click here.