Sleep Deprivation & Driving

 What you need to know about teens, driving and sleep deprivation.

Sleep Deprivation

Studies show that getting less than 6 hours of sleep a night can have the same hazardous effects as drinking while driving.  And since our teenagers often lack sleep due to their busy lives filled with homework, friends and part-time jobs, it’s important that parents stop their teens from driving when fatigued.  Timothy Smith, author of Crashproof Your Kids elaborates. “Teens are particularly vulnerable.  They need more sleep than we do.  They get less sleep with all their activities and they’re less attuned to their bodies, so night time driving for teens is particularly dangerous and parents need to be attuned to the fact that if you have a teen who has an evening job or who has routinely been getting short on sleep because of their school activities, you want to be careful about how long they’re driving, and where and when they’re driving because fatigue is a big factor in crashes.”

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The Parent Report’s guest expert is Timothy Smith, author of Crashproof Your Kids elaborates.

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