Sleep is a necessity. According to the National Sleep Foundation, teens ages 14 to 17 need 8 to 10 hours of sleep per night. Although people generally recognize that sleep plays a critical role in driving safely, many still admit to driving while fatigued. A recent AAA Foundation study found that 96 percent of drivers consider fatigued driving to be a serious threat and unacceptable behavior; however, nearly 3 in 10 of these same drivers admitted to driving drowsy.
Dr. Jana Price, Senior Human Performance Investigator at National Transportation Safety Board Office of Highway Safety provides a lot of insight into the importance of sleep and what teens can do to cut down on fatigue.