Drowsy Driver Testing

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Many drivers have experienced the frightening feeling of becoming drowsy behind the wheel. But according to new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, most drivers tend to underestimate how tired they really are, which could lead to risky driving that puts everyone in harm’s way.

In a recent AAA study, researchers induced drowsiness during a 150-mile simulated nighttime highway driving experiment. Every 20 miles, there was a simulated “rest area,” where participants could stop for a nap, a snack or some coffee, or to take a stretch break. A monetary incentive was used to encourage drivers to complete the simulation as quickly as possible without crashing.

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