Virginia drivers face a greater risk of getting into an accident if they've been getting less than seven hours of sleep a night. A study from the AAA Foundation concluded that every lost hour of sleep raises a driver's crash risk. People who only sleep for five or six hours double their accident risk compared to those who get a full eight hours of rest. When sleep times go down to four hours, the chances of getting into a wreck quadruple.
Supplemental risk education driving programs are starting to incorporate more interactive, reality-based elements. Many insurers, government agencies and hospitals across Virginia and the rest of the U.S. are in turn starting to recommend these programs. A study from Baylor University has analyzed the effect of one such program on teen drivers' risk awareness.