Everyone knows not to drink and drive, but it is less well known -- and similarly dangerous -- to drive while tired.
That’s according to Huffington Post Media Group Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington, who joined Dr. Oz earlier this month for a frank conversation about sleep, and what happens when we don’t get enough of it.
"We have the designated driver campaign, we say, 'Friends don't let friends drive drunk,' but we don't say, 'Friends don't let friends drive tired,'" said Huffington.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 2009 to 2013, there were more than 72,000 police-reported crashes involving drowsy drivers every year, injuring approximately 41,000 people.
“The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimated that 7 percent of all crashes and 16.5 percent of fatal crashes involve a drowsy driver.”
In a separate analysis of NHTSA data, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimated that 7 percent of all crashes and 16.5 percent of fatal crashes involve a drowsy driver, meaning more than 5,000 people died in drowsy driving related accidents in 2015.
To help spread the word, Huffington and Dr. Oz drove together in an Uber (having given the actual driver the night off), and discussed healthy sleep habits with the passengers they picked up. Watch the entertaining discussion and Uber segment, above.