Don’t Sleep and Drive

That was the headline on a press release I got today. I swear.

It says ” … surprisingly, sleeping and driving has become a major cause in serious car accidents. Sleepiness and driving is a dangerous combination.”

Would you think?

The release was sent to promote National Sleep Foundation’s Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, which is Nov. 10-16.

They give some tips to keep you from becoming one of the 40,000 injured or 1,550 killed every year by drowsy driving. I particularly like one about creating a play list of upbeat songs. ” … when its just you and the open road no one will hear just how tone-deaf you really are, so sing away,” it says.

This reminds me of a drowsy driving incident I had way back when. I lived in Las Vegas for awhile and was always in a big hurry to get home. I was almost back when I woke up in the middle of the night on Highway 16. I was on the shoulder on the wrong side of the road, headed for the ditch. Don’t know what woke me up, but thanks. Another time I was a passenger in a car where the driver and I both conked. We crashed.

So maybe this don’t sleep and drive campaign isn’t so silly after all.