While you may not think so, some researchers believe otherwise.
 
Have you ever gotten into your car or truck and after driving for some time found that you are rather tired? While some may say “yes, but I didn’t get enough sleep the night before,” we are learning that a lack of sleep may only be one of the contributing factors that cause motorists to become drowsy while driving. Another is your vehicle.
According to a study that was published in the journal Ergonomics and conducted at Australia’s RMIT University, “ low-level vibrations that occur unavoidably in most cars have a significant effect on driver fatigue” [Source: Inquisitor]. Researchers came to these conclusions after they recruited 15 volunteers. Those individuals were then asked to sit in a virtual simulator that recreated the experience of driving on a monotonous, two-lane highway” [Source: Newsweek]. Two tests were performed where the individuals were exposed to both low frequencies and no vibrations at all. During both tests, researchers measured the participants’’ heart rate.
They found that during the test that had the low-level vibrations, participants began to feel tired and performing mental tasks became more difficult, according to Newsweek. This, in turn, caused their nervous system to respond and change their heart rate. After “riding” for 15 minutes, these drivers showed signs of drowsiness. And after 30 minutes had passed, the volunteers were “significantly drowsy and had to try to stay alert and process their surroundings.” The source reported that 60 minutes into the testing, “their drowsiness reached its peak.”
Something else researchers were able to draw out of this study was that “vibrations at different frequencies could have the opposite effect and help keep people awake.” But, before this can be confirmed, “a further study involving a larger group of participants is needed to investigate how factors such as age could make someone more vulnerable to vibration-induced drowsiness.” They would also have to take into account those who suffer from sleep apnea and other health conditions that could impact the outcome of the study.
According to Stephen Robinson, who is the author of the study and a professor of psychology at RMIT University, “When you’re tired, it doesn’t take much to start nodding off and we’ve found that the gentle vibrations made by car seats as you drive can lull your brain and body.” Now that you know your vehicle may be contributing to you becoming tired while driving, it is best that you “pull over and change drivers or take a power nap,” according to Robinson.
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Hopefully, with more research conducted, auto manufacturers can use this information to help create vehicles that are less likely to cause a driver to become drowsy as these types of drivers are known to cause more than 6,000 fatal accidents a year, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention].
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