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Teens, College Students More Susceptible To Drowsy Driving

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By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) All of us have had to deal with almost falling asleep at the wheel. But a new study shows that the drivers who are most at risk, are between the ages of 16 and 24. A local AAA spokesman says teens and college students are often juggling school and jobs, and aren't getting enough sleep.

Dave Carlson with AAA Idaho says, "It demonstrates by the crash data that we've looked at that this age group is much more likely to do so than other age groups. So that's the essential message that's coming out of this report."

It demonstrates by the crash data that we've looked at that this age group is much more likely to do so than other age groups. So that's the essential message that's coming out of this report.

The new report is from the AAA Foundation. Carlson says you can reduce your risks of "drowsy driving." He says get seven hours of sleep before you drive, don't drive during the hours you'd usually sleep, and don't eat heavy foods before you drive.

Nov. 19, 2012.


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