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Traffic crashes are a major issue. In the United States, there were more than 6 million car accidents in 2016. This is an average of about 170,00 per month! The cause of these accidents can vary from driver error, weather conditions or mechanical failure. But when you break it down to the root cause, lack of__is a major factor in traffic crashes.

This is because if the driver doesn’t have enough __to concentrate on what’s happening, they may not be able to react fast enough. This affects their ability to break or steer out of a crashing situation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that drivers in crashes involving speeding were four times more likely to die than those involved in non-speeding accidents.

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So when you think about it, this makes sense:

Without proper rest and time for their brains to “cool down,” drivers are more prone to put themselves at risk by driving tired (even sleepy). According to NHTSA data from 2010 through 2012, drowsy driving accounted for an estimated 72,00 injuries and 800 deaths each year! 

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