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One in six Australians have fallen asleep while driving, research shows

Drowsy driving is a killer on our roads, and that’s what affects a large number of Australians.

According to research commissioned by dash cam manufacturer Nextbase, one in six Australians (16 per cent) have fallen asleep behind the wheel.

Men often try to drive through their drowsiness, with 22% of men admitting to falling asleep behind the wheel.

One separate study conducted by Monash University an estimated one Australian dies every day after falling asleep while driving. It also estimates drowsy driving contributes to 20 per cent of car crashes in Australia every year.

In 2021, there were 1126 road deaths in Australia.

This latest report is being used to promote Nextbase’s dash cam, as well as the emergency features it provides if you have an accident while driving.

It is worth noting that now, some new cars already have a factory emergency call feature.

Toyota recently expand the availability and functionality of Toyota Connected Services (TCS) on some of its models.

Features like SOS emergency calling, automatic collision notification and stolen vehicle tracking are now available on Toyota Yaris Cross, camry, HiAce, Granvia, LandCruiser 300, HiLux and Fortuner.

A similar connected service system with emergency calling is also available on BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi models.

Nextbase Ambassador and Supercar driver David Reynolds is urging Australian drivers to stay safe during the July school holidays and prepare for long driving trips.

“It is always very important to be safe on the road, for you and your family and other road users,” Mr. Reynolds said.

“Along with preparing the car for the trip, you need to prepare mentally and plan to rest and relax. Prepare for a long drive including a good night’s sleep before hitting the road.”

The survey of 1199 people was conducted online from November 26 to December 8, 2021, by market research firm YouGov on behalf of dashcam company Nextbase.

The survey was also conducted in Sweden, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Netherlands, Poland, Germany, UK and USA.

The findings from this survey are, of course, representative because they do not capture responses from the entire driving population.

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