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date: 24 September 2019

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Driving may well be the most dangerous activity for young adults. In 2007, motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death among 13–19-year-olds in the United States (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2009). Contributing factors for this high rate of accidents include: driving inexperience, age of licensing, high risk driving situations, presence of passengers, substance use, drowsy driving, and risk-taking behaviors. This chapter will review the literature on certain key aspects of driving performance with an emphasis on how sleep deprivation, drowsy driving, and sleep may impact driving performance.

Keywords: adolescents, teenagers, drowsy driving, motor vehicle accidents (mvas), risk-taking behaviors, sleep deprivation, circadian rhythms, alcohol, driving

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