Sleepiest workers make sloppiest drivers

People with irregular work hours and work-related exhaustion and stress are among the nation’s worst drivers, according to the Chicago Tribune, reporting on a recent insurance industry study.

Namely, bartenders, ticket sales representatives and journalists are the worst, while postmasters and music composers are the best, according to Monday’s article covering a study of 1.6 million car insurance applications by Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Insurify Insurance Co., an auto insurance comparison website.

Researchers found the worst drivers nationally were people in ticket and membership sales, with 43% of that group having traffic violations. The cause? These professions tend to work 55-60 hours per week and sometimes work weekends, according to the article.

“If you are putting in 60-hour weeks, it might spread your attention thinner and it might make you less attentive on the roads, and it might disrupt things like your sleep cycle,” Kacie Saxer-Taulbee, data scientist and writer with Insurify, told a reporter. “If you have additional stress, you might be less able to respond to risks.”

In turn, the study points out that some professions with a high percentage of problem-free drivers are well-paid and have regular and predictable hours, according to the newspaper.

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