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The Facts

Fatigue is a hazard that needs serious attention. The Chairman of the NTSB, National Transportation Safety Board highlights fatigue as major cause of transportation accidents.

In aviation, the Safety Board recently completed an investigation of an American Airlines crash with 10 fatalities and 105 injuries in Little Rock, Arkansas, where pilot fatigue was a contributing factor.

On the nation's rails, fatigue contributed to nearly 20 accidents over the last decade.

On the roads, fatigue is responsible for 100,000 crashes a year, and 1500 deaths, and this is where SAV-A-LIFE is trying to help!



bullet About one-half of America's adult drivers – 51 percent or approximately 100 million people -- are on the roads feeling sleepy while they drive.
bullet Nearly two in 10 drivers -- 17 percent or approximately 14 million people -- say they have actually fallen asleep at the wheel in the past year.

It is reported in one study that about 10 percent of serious automobile crashes are fatigue related. Fatigue does not seem to be yet fully recognized as a clear source of potential harm because most people suffer from it, and crashes do not always result from being overly tired. What makes matters worse, fatigue is difficult to measure, but it is clear that the performance of a fatigued driver can be similar to that of a person who has drunk enough to reach the blood alcohol limit.

It's a national epidemic, and chances are it has happened to you, to fall asleep behind the wheel. If you are lucky, you simply hit the rumble strips on the side of the road, and swing back on the road wide awake. For the unfortunate, it can lead to accidents, sometimes fatal ones.

But there is help with the Sav-a-Life Doze Alert!                   

The Sav-a-Life Doze Alert is quite simple but works wonders! The Sav-A-Life Doze Alert is a device that will warn you that you are dozing off at the wheel, one of the sure signs of fatigue. The unit slips behind either ear with or without glasses. When your head tilts forward, as it would when you nod off, the Doze Alert emits a buzzing sound, which will cause you to raise your head back to the safe driving position. The device is lightweight and battery operated- the battery is included.

WARNING! Doze Alert is not designed to keep you longer on the road!
Once Doze Alert has beeped and warned you that you are dozing off,
PULL OVER, discontinue driving immediately and take a rest before going back on the road! Your safety and that of other drivers are at stake!

Why do we need the SAV-A-LIFE Doze Alert? 

The National Sleep Foundation recently issued a Wake-Up Call to Fatigued Drivers. According to a 2002 Sleep America Poll by the National Sleep Foundation, Millions Drive Drowsy And Fall Asleep At The Wheel!  Drowsy Driving affects more than half of the drivers on our highways:  Here are some more figures:

bullet 51 percent of adults who drive say they have driven a vehicle while feeling drowsy in the past year. – 
Gender: males (56 percent) vs. females (45 percent) –
Age: 18-29 (71 percent), 30-64 (52 percent), 65 plus (19 percent) –
Adults w/children in household (59 percent) vs. those without children (45 percent)
bullet As far as actually falling asleep at the wheel an astounding 17 percent of adult drivers report dozing off while driving at least once in the past year –
Gender: males (22 percent) vs. females (12 percent) –
Age: 18-29 (28 percent), 30-64 (16 percent), 65 plus (6 percent).

Males and young adults between 18 and 29 are at the highest risk for drowsy driving and falling asleep at the wheel, according to the NSF poll; in fact, more than two-thirds of these young adults who drive, (71 percent), report driving while drowsy in the past year. Adults with children in the household are more likely to drive drowsy than those without children while older adults, 65 and over, are the least likely to drive drowsy or to fall asleep at the wheel.

Several signs indicate fatigue while driving, though many people may not associate the symptoms with fatigue or sleepiness and continue to drive when they should stop. Warning signs of drowsiness or fatigue include:

bullet Difficulty focusing, frequent blinking, or heavy eyelids –
bullet Trouble keeping your head up –
bullet Yawning repeatedly –
bullet Trouble remembering the last few miles driven; missing exits or traffic signs –
bullet Drifting from your lane, tailgating, or hitting a shoulder rumble strip

Says Richard L. Gelula, NSF's executive director. "This is a wake-up call to everyone who drives a motor vehicle: driving while feeling drowsy or fatigued is a lethal combination, and is no less an impairment than driving while drunk."

Call today for your Doze-Alert: 1-800-654-3337

Look for Doze-Alert in the following catalogs:


AAA’s members marketplace,




Hanover Direct


Industrial Safety





Many more users enjoy the SAV-A-LIFE Doze-Alert:

bullet The visually impaired, It is used to correct their head posture
bullet Students, who need to keep awake for their studies.
bullet Night shift workers, fatigue is a serious problem for them.
bullet Nurses
bullet People who suffer form sleep apnea or narcolepsy, to go through their daily activities.
bullet Ballroom dancers, to keep their heads straight
bullet Many more applications can be found! Drop us a note to let us know how you are using your SAV-A-LIFE Doze-Alert

If you want to read more on the available literature on the subject of fatigue and how it affects our driving and our lives, try the following articles of interest by clicking on the links below:

On truckers’ fatigue:

bullet Fatigue a key factor in accidents, NTSB said,
bullet Night shift workers crash more cars, NNC news , Dec 1999
bullet Fatigue as it affects the airline industry

And many more!


bullet Fatigue and accidents: the statistics
bullet Fatigue related accidents in New Zealand
bullet Australia
Fatigue was assessed as being a factor in at least 20 per cent of fatal accidents in NSW in 2000. 21 per cent of the fatigued drivers and motorcycle riders involved in fatal accidents were males aged 17 to 25 years
bullet Driver fatigue and road accidents in the UK


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