According to a study by the trying-for-first-in-the-phone-book AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, one in six fatal crashes - nearly 17 percent - involves a drowsy driver. That's about four to five times higher than previous studies have found. [via Wheels]
I work in NY and live in PA (Delaware water gap to be exact) I drive an average of 75 miles one way. Before that, I went to NJIT in Newark, NJ about 60 miles one way. I've been driving an hour+ on a daily basis for about 5 years.
And in all that time I've had to deal with soccer moms, truck drivers, cell phone talkers, texters, old people, teenagers, teenage girls, people with zero sense of self preservation, people with no ability to react to a difficult situation, brake riders, short attention spanners, bad shifters, constant lane changers, no turn signalers, Mr. my-tire-pressure-is-dangerously-low guy, and southern baptists (the last one's a joke, relax).
That is after I get my ass kicked at my job for eight hours straight, five days a week (six because I work from home on saturdays from time to time) solving other people's problems and fixing other people's screw ups, coding, soldering, meeting deadlines and trying to to kill the guy further down from me for smelling like ass covered in shit and then covering it by wearing too much cologne.
Then add parents, girlfriend, friends, beer and all these other factors into my life...
And I've never, EVER was stupid enough to drive and then fall asleep behind the wheel. No matter how exhausted I am from my job, and my extremely witty comments on Jalopnik (shut up, they are!). Before I leave my job, I drink a cup of coffee or on the way I chew gum or listen to some good wake-me-up music or have a friend to talk to or sometimes I even like to sing (don't ask)
These people just frustrate the hell out of me.
And now that my rant is over, I'm going to take a nap.