Can I Drive Sleep Deprived Safely?

sleep | moon Previously, we went over the dangers of texting and driving. Losing the ability to focus on the road can drastically increase the chances of a wreck. However, other things can inhibit driving ability like texting or drinking. Another big culprit includes sleep deprived driving. Here, we’ll answer the question “Can I drive sleep deprived safely?”.


Sleep deprivation has almost identical effects to alcohol. It decreases many different functions necessary for driving: memory, reaction time, motor control, focus etc. Check out the Mythbuster’s episode where they find that sleep deprived driving presents more risk than driving moderately drunk.

National Sleep Foundation Studies:

  • The NSF discovered through a survey that 60% of adults regularly drive sleep deprived. 33% reported that they had fallen asleep behind the wheel once in their life at the very least.
  • According to the NSF, youth, late night shift workers and new parents present the highest risk of sleep deprived driving.

Here at Express Auto, we want to remind you to stay safe. If you want to make sure your car runs properly, bring it by our shop or give us a call. You can reach one of our friendly representatives at (847) 895-9131.