Study: driving drowsy quadruples chances of crashing

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Missing a couple hours of sleep could quadruple your chances of getting in a wreck and is as dangerous as drunk driving according to a new study.

A federal study estimates drowsy drivers accounted for 9 to 10 percent of accidents, not the 1 to 2 percent suggested by older studies.

In 2015-2016 there were 9,800 crashes in Texas due to drowsy drivers.

AAA recommends drivers get at least 7 hours of sleep before getting behind the wheel.

Everyone is probably well aware of the signs of fatigue: heavy eyes, veering into the next lane and loss of focus.

AAA recommends stopping every two hours or 100 miles for a mental and physical break.

Take a 20 minute power nap if you need to catch some quick rest.

Drinking coffee, loud music or rolling down the window have little to no effect when driving tired according to AAA.

Drivers of semi-autonomous vehicles still need you to be engaged while driving, therefore requiring you to get the minimum 7 hours of sleep.