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Drowsy driving accidents increase during Daylight Savings Time

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Are you feeling a little extra tired because of the hour you lost for Daylight Savings Time?

Well, you're not alone and experts say that lethargic feeling can be dangerous if you get behind the wheel. 

Daniel Uher and his girlfriend just finished a fourteen hour road trip from North Carolina and he says he knows how much of an impact sleep deprivation can have on the body.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driving drowsy could kill you.

The study says 1,500 people are killed and 71,000 people are injured each year because they doze off behind the wheel.

Experts say there are some tell tale signs that you could be nodding off behind the wheel like difficulty focusing, frequent blinking, head nodding, drifting out of your lane and not remembering the last few miles are signs that you could be too tired to drive.

What can people do to wake up??

They say you should pull over and take a 20-minute nap or you can drink a couple of cups of coffee to reboot.

According to that same study, drowsy driving accidents cause more than $12 billion in losses as well from accidents.

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