GR conference looks at accidents from drowsy, inattentive drivers

asleep at the wheelAs it turns out, we have a lot of distractions when we’re driving, and talking or texting on the phone is only one of them. A significant one, but one.

There was a conference in Grand Rapids earlier this week to discuss reducing traffic accidents. As it turns out, “visual inattention,” a nice way of saying “not having your eyes on the road,” is the cause of the vast majority of rear-endings. People, put down the phones! If you must tweet or text do it at a red light, for pete’s sake, OK?

But, as it turns out, the conference also discussed how much of the time, accidents happen because the driver is tired. Boy, can I relate to this! I feel like I can never get enough sleep, but I still get up early in the morning, hit the gym, drive to work, drive home, and maybe run a couple of errands before bed. I drink tea all day long, but caffeine isn’t a substitute for a good night’s sleep. Luckily, it’s been a while since being tired has affected my sleep — but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen.

There are silly devices like these that are designed to help keep you awake, but really, are they better than being alert at the wheel? No.

What do you think? Were any of you at the conference in Grand Rapids? What else did you learn? Share with us in the comments.

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