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AAA: daylight saving time can lead to drowsy driving

Drivers in Florida should aim to sleep at least seven hours every night. Missing one to two hours of that within a 24-hour period, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, can nearly double one's chances for a car crash. This is why it's always critical to get enough sleep in preparation for daylight saving time.

AAA recommends that drivers adjust their sleep schedules for daylight saving time. There is no other remedy for drowsiness but adequate sleep. Short-term tactics like drinking coffee and rolling down the window are not a cure, so the body will eventually override these attempts to stay awake.

Ninety-five percent of respondents to a recent AAA survey acknowledged how dangerous it is to drive drowsy, but many do not know just how much. AAA has stated that those who drive after sleeping five hours in the past 24 hours will be as impaired as a drunk driver.

Unfortunately, three in 10 respondents to the same survey admitted to driving while seriously fatigued at least once in the prior month. They were so tired that they could hardly keep their eyes open. AAA is therefore reminding drivers to be aware of the warning symptoms of drowsiness. They include drooping eyelids, constant yawning, lane drifting and the inability to remember the previous few miles traveled.

Drowsy driving is one of many forms of negligent driving. When someone incurs a personal injury or has his or her vehicle damaged through the fault of a drowsy driver, there is the possibility of being able to file a claim against that driver. A lawyer may assess the case and determine just how much the victim might be eligible for. If retained, the lawyer may negotiate for that amount with the auto insurance company, litigating as a last resort.

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