Drivers Guide

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Driving while fatigued: Police Checkpoints? On Sunday Morning, April 2, 2000 at 2 a.m. esp, "spring forward" for daylights saving time in the United States. Many of us have been looking forward to this day all winter, however, Sebastian Giordano, President of Top Driver Inc., the nation's fastest growing and largest driver training company, started that "Top Driver is interested in sharing the information contained in this article with you for a more important reason than insuring you arrive at work or school on Monday on time. Top Driver wants you to arrive at work alive and safe!" Everyone has heard we need eight hours of sleep each night to function at our best. But let's be real, who has the time these days? Instead of creating more leisure time, new Technologies have made us accessible to our employers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

As a result, we are forced to make decisions about how we spend our free time and invariably, the number of hours we sleep suffers.

However, we need to view sleep more as a necessity than as leisure or a luxury.

Studies have shown that 2/3 of American adults say they get less than 8 hours of sleep each night, and approximately 1/3 of American adults have reported getting less than 6 hours of sleep each night. Although it may be a coincidence, nearly 1/3 of American adults have reported dozing-off while driving.

The Nation Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that more than 240,000 accidents, at least 1,500 deaths and 76,000 injuries occur each year in the United States because of driver fatigue.

The reason we are bringing this information to you prior to the switch over to daylight saving time is that statistics show that there are 10% more accidents on the...