Dangers of Drowsy Driving

Dangers of Drowsy Driving

Driving while drowsy can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Like alcohol, lack of sleep while driving slows reaction time, decreases awareness, impairs judgment, and increases your risk of crashing. Drowsiness can also be caused by medication or untreated sleep disorders.

It is recommended that healthy adults get between 7 – 9 hours of sleep daily. According to a study by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a significant number of drivers are on the road with less than the recommended hours of sleep. On a crash risk scale of 0-15, 15 being the highest, drivers who slept 4 hours or less were at a crash risk of 11.5 while drivers who slept 6 – 7 hours were at a crash risk of 1.3. To view the results of the crash risk scale, follow this link: Sleep Impact Crash Risk

Did you know?

Drivers are more likely to get behind a wheel if they are drowsy than if they had a drink. It’s a common consensus that drunk driving is unacceptable but we continue to tolerate drowsy driving. In general, we are not good at determining our own sleepiness, making us more at risk of crashing.

Honda Sensing™ technology can help keep us safe

Nothing can replace sleep, but Honda Sensing technology™ is there to assist us. Currently,  Honda Sensing technology™ is available on the Accord, Civic, CR-V, and Pilot. The suite is a combination of six advanced safety technology features. These features include Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), and Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™). When all six safety features are properly in use, Honda Sensing™ could safely keep you from veering out of your lane and even slow you down before an accident occurs.

How Honda Sensing™ technology works

LDW can detect unindicated lane departures from detected lanes. Alerts will flash and sound to help bring your attention to correcting the land drift1. LKAS can reduce driver fatigue by helping to keep you in the middle of your lane. If you begin to leave the center of a detected lane without signaling, the steering adjusts to keep you centered2. RDM, if your vehicle is drifting too close to the side of the detected roadway while driving 45-90 mph without a turn signal activated, you are alerted with rapid vibrations on the steering wheel. If you continue to leave the roadway, it can also apply steering torque and braking to help keep your vehicle in the detected lane3.  ACC helps you maintain a set following interval, so you don’t have to manually change your speed4. Integrated with the Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), FCW uses a small camera mounted at the top of the front windshield to detect the presence of vehicles in front of you. If the FCW system determines that you are at risk of a collision with a detected vehicle, it activates audio and visual alerts to warn you5. If you fail to act, the CMBS will automatically apply brake pressure6. Utilizing a millimeter wave radar sensor, CMBS can help bring your Honda to a stop when the system determines that a collision with a vehicle dented in front of you is unavoidable. A warning sounds and, if necessary, brake pressure is automatically applied6.

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[1] LDW only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use. LDW may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

[2] LKAS only assists driver in maintaining proper lane position when lane markings are identified without a turn signal in use and can only apply mild steering torque to assist. LKAS may not detect all lane markings; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

[3] Road Departure Mitigation only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use and can apply mild steering torque to assist driver in maintaining proper lane position and/or brake pressure to slow the vehicle’s departure from a detected lane. Road Departure Mitigation may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

[4] ACC cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. ACC should not be used in heavy traffic, poor weather or on winding roads. ACC only includes a limited braking function; driver remains responsible for slowing or stopping the vehicle to avoid a collision.

[5] FCW cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. FCW does not include a braking function. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

[6] Depending on the circumstances, CMBS may not go through all the alert stages before initiating the last stage (of collision mitigation). CMBS cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by high interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

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