How Risky is It?

.The odds of being involved in a crash or near crash were nearly three times as high when drowsy relative to when not drowsy (Odds Ratio = 2.9).

•  The odds of being involved in a crash or near crash were nearly three times as high when driving significantly faster than surrounding traffic relative to when driving at appropriate speeds (Odds Ratio = 2.9).

•  The odds of being involved in a crash or near crash were more than twice as high when driving aggressively than when not driving aggressively (Odds Ratio = 2.1).

•  The odds of being involved in a crash or near crash were nearly twice as high when looking away from the forward roadway for 2 seconds or longer than when attentive to the forward roadway (Odds Ratio = 1.9).

This study was conducted by researchers Sheila G. Klauer, Jeremy Sudweeks, Jeffrey S. Hickman, and Vicki L. Neale, of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

The 100-Car Naturalistic Driving Study was sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Virginia DOT, and Virginia Tech, and was conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

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