Driving while being tired is a dangerous combination. People are aware of the dangerous of drink driving but may not realise that tired driving can be just as fatal. Sleepiness slows reaction time, decreases awareness, impairs judgement and increases your risk of crashing.
Research suggests that almost 20% of accidents on major roads are sleep-related (THINK Statistics) .
- Plan your journey before setting off and include breaks every few hours if it is a long journey.
- If you are already tired do not start a journey.
- Try to avoid long trips at unusual hours like between midnight and 6am.
- If you start to feel tired find a safe place to stop like a service station and drink some coffee or a high caffeine drink and try to rest for 10-20 minutes.
- The only way to combat your sleepiness is a proper sleep so a nap is only a short term solution.
- If you are driving with a passenger who is insured to drive the car, try alternating who drives so you have a chance to rest.