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As a parent, I have had many sleepless nights. When you have a newborn that is up all night, it is really difficult to keep going - but that's just what you do...you keep on going. Even if that means driving a vehicle when really, you are so absolutely exhausted that you shouldn't be behind the wheel.
I just finished reading an article from Insurance Hunter (check them out for auto insurance quotes!)with the results of the Insurance Hunter’s safety survey: The Neglected Driver Survey, an online study of 1,003 Ontario parents with children under the age of 12 who take family road trips, was hosted on the Angus Reid Forum on behalf of InsuranceHunter.ca.
The results showed that 30% of men had nodded off behind the wheel, compared to only 14% of women. (I was really surprised that there was such a large gap in the difference between men and women - and that the mens number is so high). The survey also found that young parents are more likely to drive while tired than older parents.
The study also revealed that while mom and dad share most of the household duties, the majority of time Dad is still behind the wheel; apparently 72% of men are behind the wheel during long family road trips. (I always wondered why my grandpa did most of the driving, my mom didn't drive so it needed to be my dad, and in our house - if we go out as a family I am generally the driver because my hubby's vehicle doesn't have a car seat for our youngest son - and since we are taking my vehicle, I drive)
I would encourage you to read through the findings and see the statistics for yourself - and please, leave me a comment telling me if you have ever driven when you were so tired that you should have taken a break.