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March 11, 2018
AAA MICHIGAN ISSUES STATEWIDE DROWSY DRIVING SAFETY ALERT

Increased Risk for Car Crashes During Switch to Daylight Saving
 
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Dearborn, Michigan (March 13, 2018) —  AAA in Michigan is sending out a statewide DROWSY DRIVING SAFETY ALERT urging drivers to use extra caution during this first week of Daylight Saving Time (DST).  There is a growing concern about the impact of sleep deprivation on safe driving and the increased risks for car crashes during the switch to DST.
                                                                                                    
Recent AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety studies have found that:
 
  • Nearly 3 in 10 drivers reported having driven when they were so tired that they had a hard time keeping their eyes open.
     
  • 9.5 percent of all crashes and 10.8 percent of crashes resulting in significant property damage involved drowsiness
 
A RESEARCH PAPER  from the University of Colorado Boulder reported that in the first six days of daylight saving time there were 302 deaths and a cost of $2.75 billion over a 10-year period. The study looked at detailed records in fatal crashes in the United States, the change from DST to standard time and the impact of extending DST. The main finding of the study is that the spring transition to DST increases fatal car crash risks between 5-7%.
 
“In today’s fast-paced, 24-7, non-stop, sleep-deprived world, drowsy driving continues to be a safety risk on our roads.  Lack of sleep causes loss of focus and can prove dangerous while driving,” said Susan Hiltz, AAA Michigan’s public affairs director. “AAA urges motorists across Michigan to be well-rested when they get behind the wheel and do their part to help everyone arrive alive.”
 
AAA Michigan offers these:
 
AAA Drive Alert Safety Tips

  1. Don’t drive when you are sleepy.
    Get enough sleep, especially the night before a long trip.
  2. Travel with a passenger.
    An alert passenger can watch you for signs of fatigue.
  3. Take a power nap.
    Pull off the road to park in a safe place such as a parking lot or rest area. When you wake up, get some exercise and have some caffeine.
  4. Schedule a break.
    Take a break every two hours or every 100 miles.
     
*Media outlets are encouraged to share this information with their audiences via their on-air, online and social media platforms.

 
 
Prevalence of Drowsy Driving Crashes: Estimates from a Large-Scale Naturalistic Driving Study is based on the analysis of in-vehicle video footage of crashes that occurred during the Second Strategic Highway Research Program’s Naturalistic Driving Study (SHRP 2 NDS). The federally funded study recruited 3,593 drivers from six study sites across the U.S. The drivers were monitored continually using in-vehicle video and other data collection equipment while driving their personal vehicles for a period of several months
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety was established in 1947 by AAA, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a not-for-profit, publicly funded, 501(c)(3) charitable research and educational organization. The AAA Foundation’s mission is to prevent traffic deaths and injuries by conducting research into their causes and by educating the public about strategies to prevent crashes and reduce injuries when they do occur. This research is used to develop educational materials for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and other road users. Visit www.AAAFoundation.org.
 
AAA in Michigan celebrated its 100th Anniversary - A Century of Service in 2016 and has over 1.4 million members across the state. It is part of The Auto Club Group (ACG).  Connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn.
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America.  ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9.5 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana.  ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 58 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

 
 

About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 9 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 55 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.

About Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation
Established by AAA – The Auto Club Group in 2010, Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation, Inc. (ACGTSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and public charity dedicated to producing a significant and continuous reduction in traffic crashes, injuries and deaths in the communities targeted by its efforts. ACGTSF provides programs, education and outreach to increase public awareness about the importance of traffic safety and improve driving behavior. ACGTSF is funded by voluntary, tax-deductible contributions from organizations and individuals who support ACGTSF’s purpose.


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