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Did you know?
- 1 in 5 accidents are caused by tiredness.
- Peak times for fatigue-related crashes are within the hours of 02.00-06.00 and 14.00-16.00.
- Sleeping just 4-5 hours a night for a week impairs performance to the same extent as being legally over the alcohol limit.
A driver who is awake for 24 hours is
7 times more likely to have an accident.
Best Practice Tips
- Have adequate sleep before starting your journey.
- Avoid heavy meals before starting driving.
- Plan a 15-minute break for every two hours of driving.
- Avoid taking medication that causes drowsiness.
- Stop in a safe place and take a break at the first sign of tiredness.
- Drink two cups of coffee or an equivalent caffeinated drink.
- Take a short nap of around 15-20 minutes.
Motorways and dual carriageways are the most common roads for sleep-related road incidents, due to the monotonous road environment and lack of interruptions. Crashes caused by drivers falling asleep involve vehicles running off the road or into the back of another vehicle. They tend to be high-speed impact incidents and the risk of death or serious injury is high.