Every day, hundreds of millions of people drive their cars for long and short distances. But how many of these drivers have stopped to consider how dangerous it is to drive while being tired?
The truth is, very few people think driving while tired is a big risk. However, statistics show that it is very dangerous – in fact, almost as dangerous as driving drunk. (Accidents caused by drowsy drivers lead to 30,000 deaths every year.)
While driving in a drowsy state, the driver is highly vulnerable to something called micro-sleep.
Micro-sleep can last for up to 30 seconds, and when it occurs, the driver is unconscious and does not respond to any environmental sensors, including sound or light. Micro-sleep is often a result of sleep deprivation, but can also occur while driving monotonously for a long time.
Is there a way to prevent micro-sleep?
Meet the Device That Could Save Your Life
Steer is a unique bracelet that will help prevent you from falling asleep behind the wheel.
How does it do this? Well, Steer detects the level of your drowsiness by analyzing your heart rate and skin conductance, and then warns you when you’re close to sleeping.
The real magic of Steer, is that it prevents you from experiencing micro-sleep at the very first signs of tiredness. This makes you much safer on the road. At the smallest sign of drowsiness, Steer will warn you with a vibration and a mild electric shock. These warnings will be just enough to keep you from falling asleep – and will help you avoid loss of control of your vehicle.
However, Steer is not just a warning device, it can actually wake you up if you do suddenly fall asleep.
Who’s the device aimed at? It’s designed for all drivers and everyone who suffers from sleep deprivation from time to time.
Steer to the Rescue
Steer offers guaranteed protection from sleep.
This alone is enough to provide peace of mind for you and your loved ones. But let’s take a few minutes to explore the full features of Steer, and how the device works to keep you conscious at all times.
The first thing you need to know about Steer – is that it’s very easy to use. (You certainly won’t need a doctorate in technology to use the device!)
Despite its ease of use, however, it’s worth understanding how Steer works. This can be explained in five steps:
Sixteen highly sensitive sensors measure your heart rate and skin conductance.
Upon first being switched on, Steer spends a minute analyzing your normal heart rate and skin conductance. It then refers to these indicators to determine whether or not you are becoming drowsy.
Steer assesses your condition every two seconds, and when it detects a decrease in your heart rate by 10 units, it will warn you with strong vibration and a yellow light.
If your heart rate decreases by three more units, your skin conductance will also decrease. This means that you’re edging closer to sleep. At this point, Steer will wake you up with a gentle electric shock.
As a result of the yellow light, vibration and gentle electric shock, the levels of serotonin, noradrenaline, and cortisol in your body will increase, and the level of sleeping hormone melatonin will decrease. These changes will help you feel fresher and less drowsy, as well as returning your heart rate to normal.
So, whether you’re hitting the road for long journeys to a different city or state, or simply making short journeys to work in the morning, Steer is the perfect companion to keep you awake at all times during your drive.
What Users Have to Say
Users of Steer love the fact that the device is guaranteed to keep them awake while driving. By wearing the device, drivers feel safe in the knowledge that if they feel drowsy – Steer will prevent them from nodding off.
One user said:
“I hear a lot of sad stories about accidents caused by sleeping behind the wheel, would recommend Steer to every driver.”
Safer Driving Is Within Reach
If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll know that there have been plenty of times when you’ve been driving while feeling tired. Probably, you tried to counter the fatigue by doing things like:
Drinking energy drinks
Listening to loud music
Unfortunately, none of these methods are guaranteed to keep you awake. And of course, consumption of caffeine, sugar and nicotine can be harmful to your body.
Compared to the above methods, which are commonly used to stave off drowsiness, Steer is safer, more effective and more reliable. In fact, Steer will wake you up better than 2-3 cups of coffee or cans of energy drink. Steer also has no negative impacts on your health.
Every Steer bracelet comes with a charging cable, instruction booklet and sticker. If you’re interested in purchasing a Steer bracelet, you can register your interest on their Kickstarter campaign page. Prices start from €89.
Steer is a truly revolutionary product. One that can reduce road accidents and save lives. Perhaps one day cars will have drowsiness detectors built in, but for now, Steer is the best way to keep yourself awake behind the wheel.