(WASHINGTON) -- Falling asleep while driving is too common an occurrence, according to a government study which finds that one in every six deadly car crashes involves drivers who doze off at the wheel. A new survey by the AAA Foundation backs these statistics, finding that 40 percent of drivers say they've fallen asleep at the wheel.
The survey also found that one in ten, or 10 percent of drivers, admit they have fallen asleep while operating their vehicles in the past year.
"Many motorists underestimate the real dangers associated with driving when they're that tired," says AAA Foundation's Peter Kissinger. "I, for example, have in many instances when I'm at home at night watching TV and all of a sudden I wake up and I realize I missed half the show. Now, if that were to happen when I was driving a car, the results could be catastrophic."
Kissinger advises drivers who feel tired to pull over and rest. "As soon as possible, find a safe place to pull off the road and get some rest," he says. "It could just save your life. A power nap of 20-30 minutes is sufficient."
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