Among young drivers
Amongst young drivers, driving while fatigued is quite common due to lifestyle factors . As adolescents need more sleep than adults, which they do not usually observe, fatigue can affect youngsters more than adults .
According to National Sleep Foundation's 2006 “Sleep in America”-poll, only one in five adolescents (20%) gets an optimal amount of sleep during the week, and more than half (51%) report having driven drowsy in the past year.
National Sleep Foundation: Sleep in America Poll
A survey among young drivers (18-25 years) in Victoria indicated the following :
- 43% of young drivers had driven in the preceding week when mentally fatigued or sleepy;
- 40% had driven in the preceding week when physically tired or worn out;
- 10% admitted to driving after more than 24 hours without sleep in the preceding two weeks;
- 3% admitted to nodding off while driving in the preceding two weeks
See also the section about risk groups – young drivers.