Tristar Driving are supporters of BRAKE, the National Road Safety Charity, who recently issued a press release to highlight the problem of drivers falling asleep behind the wheel of a vehicle.
The increasing problems of driver fatigue and the serious consequences of high speed crashes can be reduced a by a driver’s ability to recognise the early signs of fatigue:
- The need for cool air (windows down)
- The need for noise (radio or passengers talking)
- Trouble with focusing eyes
- Jerkiness in steering
In order to avoid the serious consequences of high speed crashes due to fatigue and sleepiness, It is essential that both drivers and passengers can recognise the above signs as indicative of the early onset of fatigue.
During the next few weeks many UK drivers will be setting off in the early hours of the morning heading for the airport. Driving during the normal hours of sleep will greatly increase the risk of falling asleep behind the wheel of a vehicle; ensure that adequate sleep is taken prior to setting of in the early hours.
(Courtesy of http://www.uk-global-roadsafety.com); more than half of drivers (55%) are ignoring basic advice to take rest breaks at least every two hours on long journeys, while one in 10 (9%) don’t stop at all on long journeys unless they absolutely have to.
Many also admit failing to get enough sleep the night before a long journey, as less than half (45%) make sure they get at least seven hours’ sleep.
According to research by Loughborough University, after five hours’ sleep you only have a one in 10 chance of staying fully awake on a lengthy journey.
The survey of 1,000 drivers from across the UK by Brake, found:
- Men are far more likely to drive for longer periods without stopping. 14% of men have driven for six hours or more without stopping, compared with 3% of women.
- Half of men (50%) have driven for four hours or more without stopping, compared with a third (31%) of women.
- A third of drivers (35%) admit sometimes or always trying to push on if they feel sleepy at the wheel. 38% of men do this compared to 31% of women.
Julie Townsend, Brake deputy chief executive said: “A large proportion of the driving public are scarily confident they can push on through on long drives without stopping. “In reality, regular breaks – at least every two hours – are essential for staying alert and awake, as is getting plenty of sleep the night before. Sleepiness can catch you unawares at the wheel and it only takes a couple of seconds on a motorway to cause absolute carnage. “While tired drivers may think that stopping for a break will increase their journey time, it’s not worth the risk to themselves, their passengers or other road users. It is better to get there late than not to arrive at all.”
(Courtesy of http://www.uk-global-roadsafety.com